Oil is a contradictory experience to those who live in its spaces of extraction and refinement, as the modernity, cosmopolitanism, and progress it symbolizes can be fleeting. This piece is the third part in a series exploring how the southwestern city of Abadan is imagined in Iran today.
The southwestern city of Abadan has an almost mythical status in Iranian historical consciousness, as the town’s past as a cosmopolitan oil city remains a focus of national nostalgia. This piece is the first part in a series exploring how Abadan is imagined in Iran today.
To visit Dezful in Khuzestan province is to see a city that has an active and developed understanding of its own history. As I continued my travels through Iran’s southwestern province, I encountered histories tied intimately to dynamic and constantly developing understandings of the past.