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(gôrgän`) or


(jo͝orjän`), town (1991 pop. 162,468), N Iran, E of the Caspian Sea. The surrounding region yields abundant grain and has extensive forests and marshes. Items of trade include carpets. The surrounding area, the ancient Hyrcania, was captured by the Arabs (716) and conquered by the Mongols (13th cent.). Aga Muhammad Khan, the founder of the Qajar dynasty, was born there, and the town flourished (c.1800) with the rise of the dynasty. It was formerly called Astrabad or Asterabad.



a town in northern Iran, in the region of Mazanderan. Population, 31,200 in 1966.

Gorgan is connected by a railroad line and a highway with the port of Bandar-e Shah and the city of Tehran. The town contains small cotton and rice-refining plants and creameries. Handicraft production is widespread. Gorgan is subject to earthquakes. (The most recent strong earthquake occurred in 1944.)

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Lewis McKie, Wayne Benson, Simon Reed, Callum Landells and Peter Gurgan claimed the goals.
We are also making preparations for another at Ray [Tehran region], since Theodorus has died; another for Gurgan, another for Balad-Cyriacus of Beth 'Abe; another for Dasen, since Jacob has sunk into the pit from which there is no resurrection; another for Beth Nuhadra, which has no bishop.
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Long wall' defences were, as Nicolle observes, constructed in many sectors of the Sasanian frontier, namely in central and southern Mesopotamia, Seistan, Daghestan, Gurgan and around the northern edge of the Merv oasis, but not linking Merv with the Kopet Dag as Nicolle implies (p.
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