from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of northeast Iran near the Turkmenistan and Afghanistan borders. It was long an important trade center on caravan routes from Tehran to India. Population: 2,430,000.
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- proper n. Second largest city of Iran.
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- n. the holy city of Shiite Muslims; located in northeastern Iran
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You also thank your mother for her stories of growing up in Mashhad and Assadieh.
I did visit to research for the book, and stayed in Mashhad and in a village in the northeast of the country, which is the basis for the fictional village of Mazareh.
My mother grew up in Mashhad and came to England in her twenties.
Another demonstration was held in Mashhad where protesters asked security forces to support them [instead of repressing].
Eid starts with a special prayer called Al-Mashhad, which is performed either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque.
"Mashhad" the same as "Sháhid" = the upright stones at the head and foot of the grave.
And, after reporting about the capital city of Tehran and a few other cities such as Mashhad and Isfahan, it added, "Also in Tabriz, participants of a mass demonstration renewed their holy allegiance with the leader."
Sahamnews, which is related to the opposition, reported protests in other cities as well, among them Shiraz in central Iran and Mashhad, the second-largest city in the country.
On a more serious note, Ousama Alzantani, blogging in Al Mashhad Al Libi (the Libyan Scene) said there were two types of journalism in his country: the father's (Muammar Gaddafi's) mediocre press, run by people's revolutionary committees, and the son's (Saif Al Islam's) press, tailored to the son's despotic whims.
And, intriguingly, a 2009 study at Mashhad University in Iran revealed an extract of saffron did have soporific qualities, on mice at least.