Local community and neighbourhood identification in Al-Ahwaz

The British Department for Communities and Local government defined local community ”as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common like intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common”.


Al-Ahwaz like many countries in the world grew and thrived on traditional culture like welcoming other people, welcoming the traditional days like Eid Al-fitr, and motivating children to care for their culture. However, Al-Ahwaz has been also affected by a little changes in culture through economy by the Iranian both regimes since 1925.


The purpose here is to highlight that local residents in whole Al-Ahwaz mainly live and work in local community although the Iranian regime wants to suppress this kind of culture that always keep Ahwazis are strong against the ideologies of both Iranian regimes. The vast majority of people in Al-Ahwaz have regular contact with neighbours, family and with other people from different communities. The vast majority of people in Al-Ahwaz have also strong relationship and communication with their neighbours, which keep the families to trust each other despite not having any blood relation such as same clan or from one family. Many people in Al-Ahwaz know their local residents well, and help each other in a particular circumstances.


Increasing globalisation, poverty and economy, occupation, political situation in Iran and the Arab World, all have an impact on Ahwazi communities and culture. Globalisation led many Ahwazi Arab to move from their lands and migrate inside Iran or other countries in the world that have a negatively and also a positively impact on Ahwazi communities and cultures. Movement of Ahwazi from their lands to inside Iran caused Ahwazi to be not involved with their culture, so having an encouragement to new generation of Ahwazis are to be Persian rather than keeping Arabic as their culture. However, the movement of Ahwazi to Western countries and Arabian gulf countries have a massive impact on Ahwazi household economy, which led the families to keep their culture safe, and help to open new organisations to work as a opposition against Iranian invader. There is no doubt about that Arab media play massive role in increasing relationship between Ahwazi communities and local neighbours, as a relationships and communication is a part of Arabic culture.


Moreover, marriage family and marriage from same communities led Ahwazi to be very open and friendly with each other, and help communities to care for all their needs, risks, beliefs, and also supporting each other in the political situation against the Iranian regime, and against the invader culture by the Persian. In fact, the vast majority of Ahwazi who live inside Ahwaz mostly prefer to marry from their communities and sometimes from their family to keep their culture and communities strong against the Iranian culture that work to damage the Arabic culture through media propaganda, fake history, force migration, force people in studying in Farsi rather than Arabic.


In another hand, Bowman has completed his opinion by implying that society has no other institutions of a common agreement. The building was warm circle of society that we find in sectarian discourse on the two together, and collapsed mixing concepts of society (Bowman, 2001 p72). First, that people are individuals who must resolve their own problems and, secondly, that society must be built on the sharing of fraternal, community and ethical foundations. Therefore, the Iranian regime tries to destroy Arab society and culture hence to be able to control Ahwazi people. However, strong connection, communication and living as a community rather than individually always led the Ahwazi communities with their local neighbours as a strong against the invader.


The report wants to expand on theme by explaining that the Iranian regime does not give any facilities to young generation of Ahwazi, to elder people of Ahwazi, or having chance in establishing cultural NGOs, but Ahwazi communities itself caring for their elderly people, caring for their culture, and making some facilities to make their communities to be active although they do not have enough power to access better facilities.


The report wants to conclude that local community in the vast majority of people in Al-Ahwaz are very positive, strong and having great relationship with each other in their communities, whilst at the same time having a change due to new culture that came from the Iranian regime to make Arabic culture and communities to be changed, weak and unstable.


There is high degree of trust between people in their communities, and people wonder that their neighbours have high reliability. Most people in Al-Ahwaz are trying to preserve their local culture despite life’s problems and other problems such as globalisation, increasing the number of Persian settlements, less accessing of facilities mainly for vulnerable and elder groups inside communities. Therefore, the relationship between family and communities are strong


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