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Behesht-e Zahra

bkyser on Mar 2nd 2012


Tehran’s most famous cemetary, Behesht-e Zahra (which means Paradise of Zahra in Farsi), is known for the many martyrs that are buried there, many from the Iran-Iraq War. Here is one visitor to the cemetery’s own personal account of their visit. When visiting Behesht-e Zahra one usually encounters grave washers and people who say prayers for the dead over the grave you are visiting in order to earn money. Ayatollah Talleghani is also buried here. He is known for working with Ayatollah Khomeini in the early days of the revolution and is also known for founding the Freedom Movemnet of Iran. He is also known for his Quranic writings. He died in 1979. Located adjacent to Behesht-e Zahra is the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Here is a USA Today article that also discusses Behesht-e Zahra. This article discusses the way in which the graves are organized: there is one section for people who died under the Shah, one for people who died in activities associated with the revolution, and those that died in the 1980-1988 Iran –Iraq War. David Lynch, from USA Today, interviews a man that he meets at Behesht-e Zahra who is visiting the grave of a friend who died in the Iran-Iraq War when he as seventeen. Through his conversation, Lynch comes to some conclusions about what the Iran-Iraq War means today to the Iranian people and why they choose to keep the memory alive by visiting Behesht-e Zahra with their children.

David J. Lynch, “At Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery, a lesson of faith and sacrifice,” USA Today, August 22, 2006, (accessed March 2, 2012).

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