Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

In fall 1978, Abadan’s oil refinery workers played a decisive role in the Iranian Revolution by joining the national mass strikes. Just two years later, Abadan and the adjoining port city of Khorramshahr were shelled by the invading Iraqi army and effectively destroyed during the Iran–Iraq war (1980–88), which scattered their population of over 600,000 as refugees across Iran and abroad.

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How to cite this article:

Rasmus Christian Elling, Kaveh Ehsani "Abadan," Middle East Report 287 (Summer 2018).