On Lines and Fences: Labour, Community and Violence in an Oil City

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In December 1942, unrest broke out in Abadan, arguably Iran’s first modern industrial city and home to the world’s biggest oil refinery. Two scuffles in the bazaar provoked Iranians from the Ahmadabad neighbourhood to attack Indian labourers in the ‘Indian Lines’ of the Bahma(n)shir neighbourhood. Although not as bloody or widespread as more well-studied occurrences of unrest in Abadan, I will argue that this ‘Bahmashir Incident’ is an important case that can aid in understanding the interconnectedness of oil, space and violence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Violence in the Middle East : Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation-State
EditorsUlrike Freitag, Nelida Fuccaro, Claudia Ghrawi, Nora Lafi
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBerghahn Books
Publication date1 Apr 2015
ISBN (Print)9781782385837
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
SeriesSpace and place

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Oil, Petroleum, ENERGY, Violence, Urban, Urban Disturbances, Urban Planning, Urban Sociology, Urban history, HISTORY, World War II, Minorities, Ethnicity, Labour, Labor, Oil industry, Imperialism, Colonialism, Urban violence

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