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Greater Iran
Iran
(Persian: ایران بزرگ‎, Irān-e Bozorg), also referred to as Greater Persia[2][3][4] (سرزمین پارس, Sarzamin-e Pārs), is a term used to refer to the regions of the Caucasus, West Asia, Central Asia, and parts of South Asia
South Asia
that has significant Iranian cultural influence due to having been either long historically ruled by the various Persian empires
Persian empires
(such as those of the Medes, Achaemenids, Parthians, Sassanians, Samanids, Safavids, and Afsharids
Afsharids
and the Qajar
Qajar
Empire),[5][6][7] having considerable aspects of Persian culture due to extensive contact with the various Empires based in Iran
Iran
(e.g., those regions and peoples in the North Caucasus that were not under direct Iranian rule), or are simply nowadays still inhabited by a significant amount of Iranic peoples
Iranic peoples
who patronize their respective cultures (as it goes for the western parts of South Asia, Bahrain
Bahrain
and China). It roughly corresponds to the territory on the Iranian plateau
Iranian plateau
and its bordering plains.[1][8] The Encyclopædia Iranica uses the term Iranian Cultural Continent for this region.[9] The term Greater Iran
Iran
is not limited to the modern state of Iran, but includes all the territory ruled by the Iranians, including Mesopotamia, Eastern Anatolia, all of the Caucasus
Caucasus
and Central Asia.[10][11] The concept of Greater Iran
Iran
has its source in the history of the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
in Persis
Persis
(Pars), and overlaps to a certain extent with the history of Iran. In recent centuries, Iran
Iran
lost many of the territories conquered under the Safavid
Safavid
and Qajar
Qajar
dynasties, including Iraq
Iraq
to the Ottomans (via the Treaty of Amasya in 1555 and the Treaty of Zuhab in 1639), western Afghanistan to the British (via the Treaty of Paris in 1857[12] and the MacMahon Arbitration in 1905[13]), and all its Caucasus territories to Russia
Russia
during the Russo-Persian Wars in the course of the 19th century.[14] The Treaty of Gulistan
Treaty of Gulistan
in 1813 resulted in Iran ceding Dagestan, Georgia, and most of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
to Russia.[15][16][17] The Turkmanchey Treaty of 1828 decisively ended centuries of Iranian control of its Caucasian provinces[18], and made Iran
Iran
cede what is present-day Armenia, the remainder of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
and Igdir (eastern Turkey), and set the modern boundary along the Aras River.[19] In March 1935, the endonym Iran
Iran
was adopted as the official international name of Persia
Persia
by its ruler Reza Shah.[20] However, in 1959, the government of Shah
Shah
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Reza Shah Pahlavi's son, announced that both "Persia" and "Iran" could officially be used interchangeably.[2]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Definition 3 In Persian literature 4 Background 5 Provinces and regions

5.1 Middle East

5.1.1 Bahrain 5.1.2 Iraq

5.2 Kurdistan 5.3 Caucasus

5.3.1 North Caucasus 5.3.2 South Caucasus

5.4 Central Asia

5.4.1 Tajikistan 5.4.2 Turkmenistan 5.4.3 Uzbekistan 5.4.4 Xinjiang

5.5 South Asia

5.5.1 Afghanistan 5.5.2 Pakistan

6 Historical and modern maps of Iran 7 Treaties 8 See also 9 References 10 Sources 11 External links

Etymology[edit] The name "Irān", meaning "land of the Aryans", is the New Persian continuation of the old genitive plural aryānām (proto-Iranian, meaning "of the Aryans"), first attested in the Avesta
Avesta
as airyānąm (the text of which is composed in Avestan, an old Iranian language spoken in northeastern Greater Iran, or in what are now Turkmenistan and Tajikistan).[21][22][23][24] The proto-Iranian term aryānām is present in the term Airyana Vaēǰah, the homeland of Zoroaster
Zoroaster
and Zoroastrianism, near the provinces of Sogdiana, Margiana, Bactria, etc., listed in the first chapter of the Vidēvdād.[25][26] The Avestan evidence is confirmed by Greek sources: Arianē is spoken of as being between Persia
Persia
and the Indian subcontinent.[27] However, this is a Greek pronunciation of the name Haroyum/Haraiva (Herat), which the Greeks
Greeks
called 'Aria'.[28] A land listed separately from the homeland of the Aryans.[29][30] While up until the end of the Parthian period in the 3rd century CE, the idea of "Irān" had an ethnic, linguistic, and religious value, it did not yet have a political import. The idea of an "Iranian" empire or kingdom in a political sense is a purely Sasanian
Sasanian
one. It was the result of a convergence of interests between the new dynasty and the Zoroastrian
Zoroastrian
clergy, as we can deduce from the available evidence. This convergence gave rise to the idea of an Ērān-šahr "Kingdom of the Iranians", which was "ēr" ( Middle Persian
Middle Persian
equivalent of Old Persian "ariya" and Avestan "airya").[27] Definition[edit] Richard Nelson Frye
Richard Nelson Frye
defines Greater Iran
Iran
as including "much of the Caucasus, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Pakistan
and Central Asia, with cultural influences extending to China
China
and western India." According to Frye, " Iran
Iran
means all lands and peoples where Iranian languages
Iranian languages
were and are spoken, and where in the past, multi-faceted Iranian cultures existed."[31] Richard Foltz
Richard Foltz
notes that while "A general assumption is often made that the various Iranian peoples
Iranian peoples
of 'greater Iran'—a cultural area that stretched from Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
and the Caucasus
Caucasus
into Khwarizm, Transoxiana, Bactria, and the Pamirs
Pamirs
and included Persians, Medes, Parthians
Parthians
and Sogdians among others—were all 'Zoroastrians' in pre-Islamic times... This view, even though common among serious scholars, is almost certainly overstated." Foltz argues that "While the various Iranian peoples
Iranian peoples
did indeed share a common pantheon and pool of religious myths and symbols, in actuality a variety of deities were worshipped—particularly Mitra, the god of covenants, and Anahita, the goddess of the waters, but also many others—depending on the time, place, and particular group concerned".[32] To the Ancient Greeks, Greater Iran
Iran
ended at the Indus River located in Pakistan.[33] According to J. P. Mallory and Douglas Q. Adams most of Western greater Iran
Iran
spoke Southwestern Iranian languages
Iranian languages
in the Achaemenid era while the Eastern territory spoke Eastern Iranian languages related to Avestan.[34] George Lane also states that after the dissolution of the Mongol Empire, the Ilkhanids
Ilkhanids
became rulers of greater Iran[35] and Uljaytu, according to Judith G. Kolbas, was the ruler of this expanse between 1304–1317 A.D.[36] Primary sources, including Timurid historian Mir Khwand, define Iranshahr (Greater Iran) as extending from the Euphrates to the Oxus[37] Traditionally, and until recent times, ethnicity has never been a defining separating criterion in these regions. In the words of Richard Nelson Frye:[citation needed]

Many times I have emphasized that the present peoples of Central Asia, whether Iranian or Turkic speaking, have one culture, one religion, one set of social values and traditions with only language separating them. — Richard Nelson Frye

Only in modern times did western colonial intervention and ethnicity tend to become a dividing force between the provinces of Greater Iran. As Patrick Clawson states, "ethnic nationalism is largely a nineteenth century phenomenon, even if it is fashionable to retroactively extend it."[38] "Greater Iran" however has been more of a cultural super-state, rather than a political one to begin with. In the work Nuzhat al-Qolub (نزهه القلوب‬), the medieval geographer Hamdallah Mustawfi
Hamdallah Mustawfi
wrote: چند شهر است اندر ایران مرتفع تر از همه‬ Some cities in Iran
Iran
are above the rest, بهتر و سازنده تر از خوشی آب و هوا‬ better and more productive due to good weather, گنجه پر گنج در اران صفاهان در عراق‬ Ganja full of treasure in Arran, and Esfahān
Esfahān
in Iraq, در خراسان مرو و طوس در روم باشد اقسرا‬ Merv
Merv
and Tus in Khorasan, and Konya
Konya
(Aqsara) in Rome (Anatolia). The Cambridge History of Iran
History of Iran
takes a geographical approach in referring to the "historical and cultural" entity of "Greater Iran" as "areas of Iran, parts of Afghanistan, and Chinese and Soviet Central Asia".[39] A detailed list of these territories follows in this article. In Persian literature[edit]

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Background[edit] Greater Iran
Iran
is called Iranzamin (ایرانزمین‬) which means "The Land of Iran". Iranzamin was in the mythical times opposed to the Turanzamin the Land of Turan, which was located in the upper part of Central Asia.[40] In the pre-Islamic period, Iranians distinguished two main regions in the territory they ruled, one Iran
Iran
and the other Aniran. By Iran
Iran
they meant all the regions inhabited by ancient Iranian peoples, this region was more extensive in the past. This notion of Iran
Iran
as a territory (opposed to Aniran) can be seen as the core of early Greater Iran. Later many changes occurred in the boundaries and areas where Iranians lived but the languages and culture remained the dominant medium in many parts of the Greater Iran. As an example, the Persian language
Persian language
(referred to, in Persian, as Farsi) was the main literary language and the language of correspondence in Central Asia
Central Asia
and Caucasus
Caucasus
prior to the Russian occupation, Central Asia
Central Asia
being the birthplace of modern Persian language. Furthermore, according to the British government, Persian language was also used in Iraqi Kurdistan, prior to the British Occupation and Mandate in 1918-1932.[41] With Imperial Russia
Imperial Russia
continuously advancing south in the course of two wars against Persia, and the treaties of Turkmenchay and Gulistan in the western frontiers, plus the unexpected death of Abbas Mirza
Abbas Mirza
in 1823, and the murdering of Persia's Grand Vizier
Vizier
(Mirza AbolQasem Qa'im Maqām), many Central Asian khanates began losing hope for any support from Persia
Persia
against the Tsarist armies.[42] The Russian armies occupied the Aral coast in 1849, Tashkent
Tashkent
in 1864, Bukhara
Bukhara
in 1867, Samarkand
Samarkand
in 1868, and Khiva
Khiva
and Amudarya
Amudarya
in 1873.

"Many Iranians consider their natural sphere of influence to extend beyond Iran's present borders. After all, Iran
Iran
was once much larger. Portuguese forces seized islands and ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the 19th century, the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
wrested from Tehran's control what is today Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan, and part of Georgia. Iranian elementary school texts teach about the Iranian roots not only of cities like Baku, but also cities further north like Derbent
Derbent
in southern Russia. The Shah
Shah
lost much of his claim to western Afghanistan following the Anglo-Iranian war of 1856-1857. Only in 1970 did a UN sponsored consultation end Iranian claims to suzerainty over the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
island nation of Bahrain. In centuries past, Iranian rule once stretched westward into modern Iraq and beyond. When the western world complains of Iranian interference beyond its borders, the Iranian government often convinced itself that it is merely exerting its influence in lands that were once its own. Simultaneously, Iran's losses at the hands of outside powers have contributed to a sense of grievance that continues to the present day." - Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy[43]

" Iran
Iran
today is just a rump of what it once was. At its height, Iranian rulers controlled Iraq, Afghanistan, Western Pakistan, much of Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Many Iranians today consider these areas part of a greater Iranian sphere of influence." -Patrick Clawson[44]

"Since the days of the Achaemenids, the Iranians had the protection of geography. But high mountains and vast emptiness of the Iranian plateau were no longer enough to shield Iran
Iran
from the Russian army or British navy. Both literally, and figuratively, Iran
Iran
shrank. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Afghanistan were Iranian, but by the end of the century, all this territory had been lost as a result of European military action."[45]

Provinces and regions[edit] In the 8th century, Iran
Iran
was conquered by the Abbassids
Abbassids
who ruled from Baghdad, and the territory of Iran
Iran
at that time was known to be composed of two portions: Persian Iraq (western portion) and Khorasan (eastern portion). The dividing region was mostly along with Gurgan and Damaghan cities. Especially the Ghaznavids, Seljuqs and Timurids divided their Empire
Empire
to Iraqi and Khorasani regions. This point can be observed in many books such as "Tārīkhi Baïhaqī" of Abul Fazl Bayhqi, Faza'ilul al-anam min rasa'ili hujjat al-Islam (a collection of letters of Al-Ghazali) and other books. Transoxiana
Transoxiana
and Chorasmia were mostly included in the Khorasanian region. Middle East[edit] Bahrain[edit] See also: Persians in Bahrain, Huwala, and Ajam
Ajam
of Bahrain The "Ajam" and "Huwala" are ethnic communities of Bahrain
Bahrain
of Persian origin. The Persians of Bahrain
Bahrain
are a significant and influential ethnic community whose ancestors arrived in Bahrain
Bahrain
within the last 1,000 years as laborers, merchants and artisans. They have traditionally been merchants living in specific quarters of Manama
Manama
and Muharraq. Bahrain's Persians who adhere to the Shia
Shia
sect of Islam are Ajam
Ajam
and the Persians who adhere to the Sunni
Sunni
sect are called Huwala, who migrated from Larestan
Larestan
in Iran
Iran
to the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The immigration of Persians to Bahrain
Bahrain
began when the Greek Seleucid kingdom which was ruling Bahrain
Bahrain
at the time fell and the Persian Empire
Empire
successfully invaded Bahrain, but it is often believed that mass immigration started during the 1600s when Abbas I of Persia invaded Bahrain. After settling in Bahrain, some of the Persians were effectively Arabized. They usually settled in areas inhabited by the indigenous Baharna, probably because they share the same Shia
Shia
Muslim faith, however, some Sunni
Sunni
Persians settled in areas mostly inhabited by Sunni
Sunni
Arab immigrants such as Hidd
Hidd
and Galali. In Muharraq, they have their own neighborhood called Fareej Karimi named after a rich Persian man called Ali Abdulla Karimi. From the 6th century BC to the 3rd century BC, Bahrain
Bahrain
was a prominent part of the Persian Empire
Empire
by the Achaemenids, an Iranian dynasty. Bahrain
Bahrain
was referred to by the Greeks
Greeks
as "Tylos", the centre of pearl trading, when Nearchus
Nearchus
discovered it while serving under Alexander the Great.[46] From the 3rd century BC to the arrival of Islam in the 7th century AD, Bahrain
Bahrain
was controlled by two other Iranian dynasties, the Parthians
Parthians
and the Sassanids. In the 3rd century AD, the Sassanids
Sassanids
succeeded the Parthians
Parthians
and controlled the area for four centuries until the arrival of Islam.[47] Ardashir, the first ruler of the Iranian Sassanid dynasty marched to Oman and Bahrain
Bahrain
and defeated Sanatruq[48] (or Satiran[49]), probably the Parthian governor of Bahrain.[50] He appointed his son Shapur I
Shapur I
as governor of Bahrain. Shapur constructed a new city there and named it Batan Ardashir after his father.[49] At this time, Bahrain incorporated the southern Sassanid province covering the Persian Gulf's southern shore plus the archipelago of Bahrain.[50] The southern province of the Sassanids
Sassanids
was subdivided into three districts; Haggar (now al-Hafuf province, Saudi Arabia), Batan Ardashir (now al-Qatif province, Saudi Arabia), and Mishmahig
Mishmahig
(now Bahrain
Bahrain
Island)[49] (In Middle-Persian/Pahlavi it means "ewe-fish").[51] By about 130 BC, the Parthian dynasty brought the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
under their control and extended their influence as far as Oman. Because they needed to control the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
trade route, the Parthians established garrisons along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf.[47] through warfare and economic distress, been reduced to only 60.[52] The influence of Iran
Iran
was further undermined at the end of the 18th century when the ideological power struggle between the Akhbari-Usuli strands culminated in victory for the Usulis in Bahrain.[53] An Afghan uprising lead by Hotakis of Kandahar at the beginning of the 18th century resulted in the near collapse of the Safavid
Safavid
state.[54] In the resultant power vacuum, Oman invaded Bahrain
Bahrain
in 1717, ending over one hundred years of Persian hegemony in Bahrain. The Omani invasion began a period of political instability and a quick succession of outside rulers took power with consequent destruction. According to a contemporary account by theologian, Sheikh Yusuf Al Bahrani, in an unsuccessful attempt by the Persians and their Bedouin allies to take back Bahrain
Bahrain
from the Kharijite
Kharijite
Omanis, much of the country was burnt to the ground.[55] Bahrain
Bahrain
was eventually sold back to the Persians by the Omanis, but the weakness of the Safavid
Safavid
empire saw Huwala tribes seize control.[56] In 1730, the new Shah
Shah
of Persia, Nadir Shah, sought to re-assert Persian sovereignty in Bahrain. He ordered Latif Khan, the admiral of the Persian navy in the Persian Gulf, to prepare an invasion fleet in Bushehr.[54] The Persians invaded in March or early April 1736 when the ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Jubayr, was away on hajj.[54] The invasion brought the island back under central rule and to challenge Oman in the Persian Gulf. He sought help from the British and Dutch, and he eventually recaptured Bahrain
Bahrain
in 1736.[57] During the Qajar era, Persian control over Bahrain
Bahrain
waned[54] and in 1753, Bahrain
Bahrain
was occupied by the Sunni
Sunni
Persians of the Bushire-based Al Madhkur family,[58] who ruled Bahrain
Bahrain
in the name of Persia
Persia
and paid allegiance to Karim Khan Zand. During most of the second half of the eighteenth century, Bahrain
Bahrain
was ruled by Nasr Al-Madhkur, the ruler of Bushehr. The Bani Utibah tribe from Zubarah exceeded in taking over Bahrain
Bahrain
after a war broke out in 1782. Persian attempts to reconquer the island in 1783 and in 1785 failed; the 1783 expedition was a joint Persian- Qawasim
Qawasim
invasion force that never left Bushehr. The 1785 invasion fleet, composed of forces from Bushehr, Rig and Shiraz
Shiraz
was called off after the death of the ruler of Shiraz, Ali Murad Khan. Due to internal difficulties, the Persians could not attempt another invasion.[59] In 1799, Bahrain
Bahrain
came under threat from the expansionist policies of Sayyid Sultan, the Sultan of Oman, when he invaded the island under the pretext that Bahrain
Bahrain
did not pay taxes owed.[60] The Bani Utbah solicited the aid of Bushire
Bushire
to expel the Omanis on the condition that Bahrain
Bahrain
would become a tributary state of Persia. In 1800, Sayyid Sultan invaded Bahrain
Bahrain
again in retaliation and deployed a garrison at Arad Fort, in Muharraq
Muharraq
island and had appointed his twelve-year-old son Salim, as Governor of the island.[60] [61] Many names of villages in Bahrain
Bahrain
are derived from the Persian language.[62] These names were thought to have been as a result influences during the Safavid
Safavid
rule of Bahrain
Bahrain
(1501–1722) and previous Persian rule. Village names such as Karbabad, Salmabad, Karzakan, Duraz, Barbar were originally derived from the Persian language, suggesting that Persians had a substantial effect on the island's history.[62] The local Bahrani Arabic dialect has also borrowed many words from the Persian language.[62] Bahrain's capital city, Manama
Manama
is derived from two Persian words meaning 'I' and 'speech'.[62][contradictory] In 1910, the Persian community funded and opened a private school, Al-Ittihad school, that taught Farsi
Farsi
amongst other subjects.[63] According to the 1905 census, there were 1650 Bahraini citizens of Persian origin.[64] Historian Nasser Hussain says that many Iranians fled their native country in the early 20th century due to a law king Reza Shah
Reza Shah
issued which banned women from wearing the hijab, or because they feared for their lives after fighting the English, or to find jobs. They were coming to Bahrain
Bahrain
from Bushehr
Bushehr
and the Fars province
Fars province
between 1920 and 1940. In the 1920s, local Persian merchants were prominently involved in the consolidation of Bahrain's first powerful lobby with connections to the municipality in effort to contest the municipal legislation of British control.[64] Bahrain's local Persian community have heavily influenced the country's local food dishes. One of the most notable local delicacies of the people in Bahrain
Bahrain
is mahyawa, consumed in Southern Iran
Iran
as well, is a watery earth brick coloured sauce made from sardines and consumed with bread or other food. Bahrain's Persians are also famous in Bahrain
Bahrain
for bread-making. Another local delicacy is "pishoo" made from rose water (golab) and agar agar. Other food items consumed are similar to Persian cuisine. Iraq[edit] See also: Iran– Iraq
Iraq
relations, Persians in Iraq, and Asuristan Throughout history, Iran
Iran
always had strong cultural ties with the region of nowadays Iraq. Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
is considered as the cradle of civilization and the place where the first empires in history were established. These empires, namely the Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian, dominated the ancient middle east for millennia, which explains the great influence of the Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
on the Iranian culture and history, and it is also the reason why the later Iranian and Greek dynasties chose Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
to be the political centre of their rule. For a period of around 500 years, what is now Iraq
Iraq
formed the core of Iran, with the Iranian Parthian and Sasanian
Sasanian
empire having their capital in what is modern-day Iraq
Iraq
for the same centuries long time span. (Ctesiphon)

“ Of the four residences of the Achaemenids
Achaemenids
named by Herodotus
Herodotus
— Ecbatana, Pasargadae
Pasargadae
or Persepolis, Susa
Susa
and Babylon
Babylon
— the last [situated in Iraq] was maintained as their most important capital, the fixed winter quarters, the central office of bureaucracy, exchanged only in the heat of summer for some cool spot in the highlands.[65] Under the Seleucids and the Parthians
Parthians
the site of the Mesopotamian capital moved a little to the north on the Tigris
Tigris
— to Seleucia
Seleucia
and Ctesiphon. It is indeed symbolic that these new foundations were built from the bricks of ancient Babylon, just as later Baghdad, a little further upstream, was built out of the ruins of the Sassanian
Sassanian
double city of Seleucia-Ctesiphon.[65]

— Iranologist Ehsan Yarshater, The Cambridge History of Iran,[65]

The Cyrus Cylinder, written in Babylonian cuneiform in the name of the Achaemenid king, Cyrus the Great, describes the Persian takeover of Babylon
Babylon
(the ancient name of Iraq).

Because the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
or "First Persian Empire" was the successor state to the empires of Assyria
Assyria
and Babylonia
Babylonia
based in Iraq, and because Elam
Elam
is part of Iran, the ancient people of Iran
Iran
were ruled by ancient Mesopotamians, which explains the close proximity between the people of south western Iran
Iran
and the Iraqis even in modern days, in fact, the people of that part of Iran
Iran
speak Mesopotamian Arabic and were put under the rule of modern Iran
Iran
by the British. The ancient Persians adopted the Babylonian cuneiform script and modified it to write their language, along with adopting many other facets of ancient Iraqi culture, including the Aramaic language
Aramaic language
which became the official language of the Persian Empire. The Cyrus Cylinder, written in Babylonian cuneiform in the name of the Achaemenid king Cyrus the Great, describes the Persian takeover of Babylon
Babylon
(the ancient name of Iraq). An excerpt reads:[citation needed]

When I entered Babylon
Babylon
in a peaceful manner, I took up my lordly abode in the royal palace amidst rejoicing and happiness. Marduk, the great lord, established as his fate for me a magnanimous heart of one who loves Babylon, and I daily attended to his worship. My vast army marched into Babylon
Babylon
in peace; I did not permit anyone to frighten the people of Sumer
Sumer
and Akkad. I sought the welfare of the city of Babylon and all its sacred centers. As for the citizens of Babylon,[...] upon whom Nabonidus
Nabonidus
imposed a corvée which was not the gods' wish and not befitting them, I relieved their wariness and freed them from their service. Marduk, the great lord, rejoiced over my good deeds. He sent gracious blessing upon me, Cyrus, the king who worships him, and upon Cambyses, the son who is my offspring, and upon all my army, and in peace, before him, we moved around in friendship [with the people of Babylon]. — Cyrus Cylinder

An 1814 map of Persia
Persia
at time of Qajar
Qajar
dynasty

According to Iranologist Richard N. Frye:[66][67]

Throughout Iran’s history the western part of the land has been frequently more closely connected with the lowlands of Mesopotamia (Iraq) than with the rest of the plateau to the east of the central deserts [the Dasht-e Kavir
Dasht-e Kavir
and Dasht-e Lut]. — Richard N. Frye, The Golden Age of Persia: The Arabs in the East

“ Between the coming of the Abbasids [in 750] and the Mongol onslaught [in 1258], Iraq
Iraq
and western Iran
Iran
shared a closer history than did eastern Iran
Iran
and its western counterpart. ”

—  Neguin Yavari , Iranian Perspectives on the Iran-Iraq War[67]

Testimony to the close relationship shared by Iraq
Iraq
and western Iran during the Abbasid era and later centuries, is the fact that the two regions came to share the same name. The western region of Iran (ancient Media) was called 'Irāq-e 'Ajamī ("Persian Iraq"), while central-southern Iraq
Iraq
(Babylonia) was called 'Irāq al-'Arabī ("Arabic Iraq") or Bābil ("Babylon"). And the name Iraq
Iraq
comes from the ancient Mesopotamian city Uruk, which suggests an even older relationship. For centuries the two neighbouring regions were known as "The Two Iraqs" ("al-'Iraqain"). The 12th century Persian poet Khāqāni wrote a famous poem Tohfat-ul Iraqein ("The Gift of the Two Iraqs"). The city of Arāk in western Iran
Iran
still bears the region's old name, and Iranians still traditionally call the region between Tehran, Isfahan and Īlām "ʿErāq". During medieval ages, Mesopotamian and Iranian peoples
Iranian peoples
knew each other's languages because of trade, and because Arabic was the language of religion and science at that time. The Timurid historian Ḥāfeẓ-e Abru
Ḥāfeẓ-e Abru
(d. 1430) wrote of Iraq:[68]

The majority of inhabitants of Iraq
Iraq
know Persian and Arabic, and from the time of domination of Turkic people the Turkish language
Turkish language
has also found currency. — Ḥāfeẓ-e Abru

Iraqis share religious and certain cultural ties Iranians. The majority of Iranians are Twelver Shia
Shia
(an Islamic sect established in Iraq), although the majority of Iranians were Sunni
Sunni
Muslims and did not convert to Shia
Shia
until the Safavids
Safavids
forced Shi'ism
Shi'ism
in Iran. Iraqi culture has commonalities with the culture of Iran. The spring festival of Nowruz
Nowruz
that is celebrated in Iran
Iran
and some parts of Iraq roots back to the Akitu spring festival (Babylonian new year). The Mesopotamian cuisine has also similarities to the Persian cuisine
Persian cuisine
and has common dishes and cooking techniques. The Iraqi dialect has absorbed many words from the Persian language
Persian language
as well.[69] There are still cities and provinces in Iraq
Iraq
where the Persian names of the city are still retained. e.g. ’Anbār and Baghdad. Other cities of Iraq
Iraq
with originally Persian names include Nokard (نوكرد) --> Haditha, Suristan (سورستان) --> Kufa, Shahrban (شهربان) --> Muqdadiyah, Arvandrud (اروندرود) --> Shatt al-Arab, and Asheb (آشب) --> Amadiya,[70] Peroz-Shapur --> Anbar (town) In the modern era, the Safavid dynasty
Safavid dynasty
of Iran
Iran
briefly reasserted their hegemony over Iraq
Iraq
in the periods of 1501–1533 and 1622–1638, losing Iraq
Iraq
to the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
on both occasions (via the Treaty of Amasya in 1555 and the Treaty of Zuhab in 1639). Ottoman hegemony over Iraq
Iraq
was reconfirmed in the Treaty of Kerden in 1746. Following the fall of the Ba'athist regime in 2003 and the empowerment of Iraq's majority Shī'i community, relations with Iran
Iran
have flourished in all fields. Iraq
Iraq
is today Iran’s largest trading partner in regard to non-oil goods.[71] Many Iranians were born in Iraq
Iraq
or have ancestors from Iraq,[72] such as the Chairman of Iran's Parliament Ali Larijani, the former Chief Justice of Iran
Iran
Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran
Iran
Ali Akbar Salehi, who were born in Najaf
Najaf
and Karbala respectively. In the same way, many Iraqis were born in Iran
Iran
or have ancestors from Iran,[72] such as Grand Ayatollah
Grand Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani, who was born in Mashhad. Kurdistan[edit] Culturally and historically Kurdistan
Kurdistan
has been a part of what is known as Greater Iran. Kurds speak a Northwestern Iranian language known as Kurdish. Many aspects of Kurdish culture
Kurdish culture
are related to the other peoples of Greater Iran, examples include Newroz[73] and Simurgh.[74] Some historians and linguists, such as Vladimir Minorsky,[75] have suggested that the Medes, an Iranian people[76] who inhabited much of western Iran, including Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
and Kurdistan, might have been forefathers of modern Kurds. Caucasus[edit] North Caucasus[edit]

Sassanian
Sassanian
fortress in Derbent, Dagestan. Now inscribed on Russia's UNESCO
UNESCO
world heritage list since 2003.

See also: History of Dagestan, History of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russo-Persian Wars, Treaty of Gulistan, Treaty of Turkmenchay, and Tat people (Caucasus) North Caucasus
Caucasus
region in today's southern Russia
Russia
including the republics of Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria
Kabardino-Balkaria
and other republics and oblasts of the region long formed part of Persia, most notably under the Safavids
Safavids
and Afsharids, and of the Iranian cultural sphere until they were conquered and annexed by Imperial Russia
Imperial Russia
over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Strong Persian cultural influence can be traced up as far as Tatarstan
Tatarstan
in central Russia. Dagestan
Dagestan
remains the bastion of Persian culture in the North Caucasus
Caucasus
with fine examples of Iranian architecture like the Sassanid citadel in Derbent, strong influence of Persian cuisine, and common Persian names amongst the ethnic peoples of Dagestan. The ethnic Persian population of the North Caucasus, the Tats, remain, despite strong assimilation over the years, still visible in several North Caucasian cities. Even today, after decades of partition, some of these regions retain Iranian influences, as seen in their old beliefs, traditions and customs (e.g. Norouz).[77] South Caucasus[edit] See also: Azerbaijani people, History of Azerbaijan, Tat people (Iran), Tat people (Caucasus), Safavid
Safavid
conversion of Iran
Iran
to Shia Islam, Old Azeri language, Shirvan, Arran (Caucasus), Shirvanshah, and Iranian Azerbaijanis According to Tadeusz Swietochowski, the territories of Iran
Iran
and the republic of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
usually shared the same history from the time of ancient Media (ninth to seventh centuries b.c.) and the Persian Empire
Empire
(sixth to fourth centuries b.c.).[78] Intimately and inseparably intertwined histories for millennia, Iran irrevocably lost the territory that is nowadays Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
in the course of the 19th century. With the Treaty of Gulistan
Treaty of Gulistan
of 1813 following the Russo-Persian War (1804-1813)
Russo-Persian War (1804-1813)
Iran
Iran
had to cede eastern Georgia, its possessions in the North Caucasus
Caucasus
and many of those in what is today the Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
Republic, which included Baku
Baku
Khanate, Shirvan
Shirvan
Khanate, Karabakh Khanate, Ganja Khanate, Shaki Khanate, Quba Khanate, and parts of the Talysh Khanate. Derbent
Derbent
(Darband) Khanate of Dagestan
Dagestan
was also lost to Russia. These Khanates comprise most of what is today the Republic of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
and Dagestan
Dagestan
in Southern Russia. By the Treaty of Turkmenchay
Treaty of Turkmenchay
of 1828 following the Russo-Persian War (1826-1828), the result was even more disastrous, and resulted in Iran being forced to cede the Nakhichevan Khanate
Nakhichevan Khanate
and the Mughan regions to Russia, as well as Erivan Khanate, and the remainder of the Talysh Khanate. All these territories together, lost in 1813 and 1828 combined, constitute all of the modern-day Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, and southern Dagestan. The area to the North of the river Aras, among which the territory of the contemporary republic of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
were Iranian territory until they were occupied by Russia
Russia
in the course of the 19th century.[79][80][81][82][83][84] Many localities in this region bear Persian names or names derived from Iranian languages
Iranian languages
and Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
remains by far Iran's closest cultural, religious, ethnic and historical neighbor. Azerbaijanis
Azerbaijanis
are by far the second largest ethnicity in Iran, and comprise the largest community of ethnic Azerbaijanis
Azerbaijanis
in the world, vastly outnumbering the number in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Both nations are the only officially Shia
Shia
majority in the world, with adherents of the religion comprising an absolute majority in both nations. The people of nowadays Iran
Iran
and Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
were converted to Shiism during exactly the same time in history. Furthermore, the name of "Azerbaijan" is derived through the name of the Persian satrap which ruled the contemporary region of Iranian Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
and minor parts of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
in ancient times.[85][86] In 1918, the Azerbaijani Musavat
Musavat
party adopted the name for the nation upon the independence of the former territories under the Russian Empire. Early in antiquity, Narseh of Persia
Persia
is known to have had fortifications built here. In later times, some of Persia's literary and intellectual figures from the Qajar
Qajar
period have hailed from this region. Under intermittent Iranian suzerainty since antiquity, it was also separated from Iran
Iran
in the mid-19th century, by virtue of the Gulistan Treaty and Turkmenchay Treaty. که تا جایگه یافتی نخچوان Oh Nakhchivan, respect you've attained, بدین شاه شد بخت پیرت جوان With this King in luck you'll remain. ---Nizami Central Asia[edit]

Painted clay and alabaster head of a Zoroastrian
Zoroastrian
priest wearing a distinctive Bactrian-style headdress, Takhti-Sangin, Tajikistan, Greco-Bactrian kingdom, 3rd-2nd century BC

Khwarazm
Khwarazm
is one of the regions of Iran-zameen, and is the home of the ancient Iranians, Airyanem Vaejah, according to the ancient book of the Avesta. Modern scholars believe Khwarazm
Khwarazm
to be what ancient Avestic texts refer to as "Ariyaneh Waeje" or Iran
Iran
vij. Iranovich These sources claim that Urgandj, which was the capital of ancient Khwarazm
Khwarazm
for many years, was actually "Ourva": the eighth land of Ahura Mazda
Ahura Mazda
mentioned in the Pahlavi text of Vendidad. Others such as University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii
historian Elton L. Daniel believe Khwarazm
Khwarazm
to be the "most likely locale" corresponding to the original home of the Avestan people,[87] while Dehkhoda
Dehkhoda
calls Khwarazm
Khwarazm
"the cradle of the Aryan
Aryan
tribe" (مهد قوم آریا). Today Khwarazm
Khwarazm
is split between several central Asian republics. Superimposed on and overlapping with Chorasmia
Chorasmia
was Khorasan which roughly covered nearly the same geographical areas in Central Asia (starting from Semnan eastward through northern Afghanistan roughly until the foothills of Pamir, ancient Mount Imeon). Current day provinces such as Sanjan in Turkmenia, Razavi Khorasan Province, North Khorasan Province, and Southern Khorasan Province
Southern Khorasan Province
in Iran
Iran
are all remnants of the old Khorasan. Until the 13th century and the devastating Mongol invasion of the region, Khorasan was considered the cultural capital of Greater Iran.[88] Tajikistan[edit] The national anthem in Tajikistan, "Surudi Milli", attests to the Perso-Tajik identity, which has seen a large revival, after the breakup of the USSR. Their language is almost identical to that spoken in Afghanistan and Iran, and their cities have Persian names, e.g. Dushanbe, Isfara, Rasht Valley, Garm, Murghab, Vahdat, Zar-afshan river, Shurab, and Kulob
Kulob
([2][permanent dead link]). It is also important[to whom?] to note that Rudaki, considered by many as the father of modern Persian poetry, was from the modern day region of Tajikistan. Turkmenistan[edit] Home of the Parthian Empire
Parthian Empire
(Nysa). Merv
Merv
is also where the half-Persian caliph al-Mamun moved his capital to. The city of Eshgh Abad (some claim that the word is actually the transformed form of "Ashk Abad" literally meaning "built by Ashk", the head of Arsacid dynasty) is yet another Persian word meaning "city of love", and like Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan, it was once part of Airyanem Vaejah. Uzbekistan[edit] Uzbekistan has a local Tajik population. The famous Persian cities of Afrasiab, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shahrisabz, Andijan, Khiveh, Navā'i, Shirin, Termez, and Zar-afshan are located here. These cities are the birthplace of the Islamic era Persian literature. The Samanids, who claimed inheritance to the Sassanids, had their capital built here. ای بخارا شاد باش و دیر زی Oh Bukhara! Joy to you and live long! شاه زی تو میهمان آید همی Your King comes to you in ceremony. ---Rudaki Xinjiang[edit]

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See also: Iran- China
China
relations and Tajiks in China The Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County
Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County
regions of China
China
harbored a Persian population and culture.[89] Chinese Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County was always counted as a part of the Iranian cultural & linguistic continent with Kashgar, Yarkand, Hotan, and Turpan bound to the Iranian history.[90] The culture of the Muslim Uyghur people
Uyghur people
of Xinjiang
Xinjiang
has been strongly influenced by Persian culture.[citation needed] South Asia[edit] Afghanistan[edit] Modern state of Afghanistan was part of Sistan
Sistan
and Greater Khorasan regions, and hence was recognized with the name Khorasan (along with regions centered on Merv
Merv
and Nishapur), which in Pahlavi means "The Eastern Land" (خاور زمین in Persian).[91] Nowadays region of Afghanistan is where Balkh
Balkh
is located, home of Rumi, Rabi'a Balkhi, Sanāī Ghaznawi, Jami, Khwaja Abdullah Ansari and where many other notables in Persian literature
Persian literature
came from. ز زابل به کابل رسید آن زمان From Zabul
Zabul
he arrived to Kabul گرازان و خندان و دل شادمان Strutting, happy, and mirthful --- Ferdowsi
Ferdowsi
in Shahnama Pakistan[edit] There is considerable influence of Iranian-speaking peoples in Pakistan. The region of Baluchistan is split between Pakistan
Pakistan
and Iran and Baluchi, the majority languages of the Baluchistan province of Pakistan
Pakistan
are also spoken in Southeastern Iran. In fact, the Chagai Hills and the western part of Makran district were part of Iran
Iran
till the Durand Line
Durand Line
was drawn in the late 1800s. Pashto which is spoken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and FATA of Pakistan
Pakistan
and Afghanistan is an Iranian language. Historical and modern maps of Iran[edit]

Map depicting the Achaemenid Empire.

1598 German map of the region.

1610 map by Dutch map maker Jodocus Hondius
Jodocus Hondius
showing Bactria
Bactria
and Georgia among the territories.

1719 map depiction of Asia.

1720 map by Herman Moll.

1753 map by Robert de Vaugondy
Robert de Vaugondy
titled Estats du Grand-Seigneur en Asie where the color yellow marks the territories of Persia.

1808 British map of Persia.

1814 map of Persia
Persia
by John Thomson.

19th century British map depicting Persia

Treaties[edit]

1555 Treaty of Amasya: The first treaty between Safavid
Safavid
Persia
Persia
and the Ottoman Empire, splitting the Caucasus
Caucasus
and Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
in a Turkish and Persian sphere. 1639 Treaty of Zuhab: Iran
Iran
loses Iraq
Iraq
to the Ottoman Empire. 1813 Gulestan Treaty: Iran
Iran
loses a large amount of its land in the Caucasus, including eastern half of Georgia, southern Dagestan, large parts of the Armenian Republic, and most of what is today the Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
Republic 1828 Turkmenchay Treaty: Signed by Fath Ali Shah. Russia
Russia
gains sovereignty over the entire Caucasus, including Iran's Nakhichivan, Nagorno-Karabakh, the entirety of Armenia, and the remainder of the modern-day territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan 1857 Paris Treaty: Signed by Nasereddin Shah. Iran
Iran
renounces all claims to Herat
Herat
and parts of Afghanistan in exchange for the evacuation of Iran's southern ports by Great Britain. 1881 Akhal Treaty: Signed by Nasereddin Shah. Iran
Iran
loses Merv
Merv
and parts of Khwarazmia
Khwarazmia
in exchange for security guarantees from Russia. 1893: Iran
Iran
transfers to Russia
Russia
additional regions near the Atrek River that were Iranian under the Akhal Treaty. This treaty was signed by General Boutsoff and Mirza Ali Asghar Amin al-Sultan on May 27, 1893. 1907: Persia
Persia
was to be carved up into three regions, according to the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907. 1970: Iran
Iran
abandons sovereignty rights over Bahrain
Bahrain
to Great Britain in exchange for Greater and Lesser Tunbs
Greater and Lesser Tunbs
and Abu Musa
Abu Musa
islands in the Persian Gulf.

See also[edit]

Iran
Iran
portal Zoroastrianism
Zoroastrianism
portal

Median Empire Achaemenid Empire Persianization List of kings of Persia Culture of Iran Culture of Azerbaijan Azerbaijani language South Caucasus North Caucasus History of the Caucasus Iranian peoples Iranian studies Pan-Iranism

History of the Kurdish people Kurdish culture Kurdish language Old Azeri language History of Turkey Persianate society Turko-Persian tradition Persia-Georgia relations List of Persia-related topics Yaz culture -stan Qanat
Qanat
water management system

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Herodotus
— Ecbatana, Pasargadae
Pasargadae
or Persepolis, Susa
Susa
and Babylon
Babylon
— the last [situated in Iraq] was maintained as their most important capital, the fixed winter quarters, the central office of bureaucracy, exchanged only in the heat of summer for some cool spot in the highlands. Under the Seleucids and the Parthians
Parthians
the site of the Mesopotamian capital moved a little to the north on the Tigris
Tigris
— to Seleucia
Seleucia
and Ctesiphon. It is indeed symbolic that these new foundations were built from the bricks of ancient Babylon, just as later Baghdad, a little further upstream, was built out of the ruins of the Sassanian
Sassanian
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Mesopotamia
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and western Iran
Iran
shared a closer history than did eastern Iran
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Ḥāfeẓ-e Abru
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Iraq
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