SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

Oil And The Bakhtiari

In 1908, just one hundred years ago, the first Middle East oil was found – on Bakhtiari land. The images here document the:

All the photographs shown in this section are reproduced from the BP Archive, with kind permission.

Nezam Bagherzade has contributed to a brief commentary on the lively relationship between the British and the Bakhtiari around oil