Emâmzâdeh Sâleh


Author: Eskandar Mokhtari

Translator: Nassim Ghiassi

Publisher: Cultural Research Bureau

Subject: Iranian Studies (Tehran city)

Date of Publication: 2017 (1st edition)

No. of Pages: 38

Size: 19 × 12 cm

ISBN: 9789643792282


 Sample English text is available.

◙ Copyright is available in all languages in all countries.

◙ This book is covered by the Grant Program of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

About the Book:

There are numerous holy shrines in the three regions of Tehran Metropolitan Area, namely Shemirân (the northern region), Tehran (the central region) and Rey (the southern region). Few people have been able to visit all these sites scattered around the city, and on the other hand there are few citizens of Tehran who have never been to Emâmzâdeh Sâleh Mausoleum, both a pilgrimage and recreational destination. The shrine smells of life and of attachment to culture, religion, history, identity, people and nature. The vibrant market, the nice view of Alborz Mountains, the cool climate, the shady trees, and a mausoleum for pilgrims, together create a rare and precious oasis of peace and pleasure in the turbulent Tehran of today.

Following a brief history of Tajrish District and some of its natural features, such as its water sources, the book gives an overview of the mausoleum, its location and architectural features. Family lineage of Emâmzâdeh Sâleh, a list of several prominent figures buried in the vicinity of the mausoleum, together with a description of the old plane tree that used to be a natural landmark of the district and other relics at the shrine are some of the subjects covered in this book.

The book in hand is the 14th volume of a twenty-title series published as an output of Tehran Studies Project at Cultural Research Bureau. These books were designed to provide both authentic and interesting reading material on the historical, architectural and cultural aspects of Tehran’s prominent monuments and urban spaces. The series was recently translated into English for English-speakers willing to expand their knowledge about the history of the present Iranian capital.


Table of Contents:


Tajrish: An ancient village on the rural outskirts of Rey

History of Tajrish

Water-sources of Tajrish

Location of Emâmzâdeh Sâleh Mausoleum

Architectural features

The dome-chamber

Family lineage of Emâmzâdeh Sâleh

Chronological dating of the tomb

Evidence of architectural transformation of the monument before recent decades

People buried in the vicinity of the mausoleum

The mausoleum’s old plane tree

Other relics in Emâmzâdeh Sâleh Mausoleum

Final note


Pronunciation Guide

About the Author:

Eskandar Mokhtari (1956/Tehran) received his BA in Archaeology and History of Art from Tehran University in 1980, and an MA in Architectural Restoration from University of Art in 1995. He also holds a PhD in Art Research from University of Art. He has been in charge of restoring several monuments and historic sites in Iran since 1980. His latest responsibilities include management of Tehran Historical City Office from 1996 to 2009, and supervision of Bam Cultural Heritage Recovery Project from 2004 to 2009. He has produced a dozen documentaries on historic sites and monuments of Iran for the Iranian National TV, authored several books and articles on cultural heritage conservation, and worked as a lecturer in several Iranian universities including Tehran University and Iran University of Science and Technology. He was also the chief editor of the present books series (Tehran Studies).

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