Javad Nowruzi said this is the first time in Iran’s history that a Persian book is translated into 50 languages.
“The pictorial book of Persian Gulf has been compiled following four years of in-depth research and studies,” he was quoted as saying in a Farsi report by the Persian-language Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
He said so far the book has been translated into Arabic, English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, German and French languages.
According to Nowruzi, the book only draws on foreign sources and does not use even a single Iranian source.
“The book also includes 10 documents by the United Nations in which issues of environment, soil sciences, sea sciences, and Persian Gulf species,” he noted.
He said there are 120 historical maps in the book which are unveiled for the first time.
The author also noted based on an agreement made by the Islamic Culture and Communications Organisation, the book is expected to be distributed among the national libraries of 90 countries and will be available in 185 parts of the world.
He said arrangements are being made to release the digital version of the book in the near future to provide further public access to it.
The book was unveiled on the National Day of Persian Gulf, which is a very important day for the Iranian people and is celebrated annually on 30 April. It has been marked every year since 2004, and is commemorated with various ceremonies in Iran, especially in the coastal cities of the Persian Gulf.
The Persian Gulf, located in Western Asia, is an extension of the Indian Ocean located between Iran (Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula.
The body of water has long been known as the Persian Gulf according to various historical documents; however, certain Arab countries in the past few decades have tried to distort the history and call it using fake names.