History UsefulNotes / Iran

19th Feb '17 9:32:40 PM gk3389127
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* Despite having an Islamic government, the country has a relative tolerance for religious minorities.[[note]]With the exception of the Bahá'í Faith, whose persecution kicked up in the early 20th century, and the government (both pre and post-Revoulition), makes little effort to hide.[[/note]] Christians, Jews, and even a few Zoroastrians have had communities in Iran for centuries. This is surprising when compared to neighboring Turkey, which also has a Islamic majority but a secular government, and yet are far less welcoming to minorities.

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* Despite having an Islamic government, the country has a relative tolerance for religious minorities.[[note]]With the exception of the Bahá'í Faith, whose persecution kicked up in the early 20th century, and something the government (both pre and post-Revoulition), post-Revolution) makes little effort to hide.[[/note]] Christians, Jews, and even a few Zoroastrians have had communities in Iran for centuries. This is surprising when compared to neighboring Turkey, which also has a Islamic majority but a secular government, and yet are far less welcoming to minorities.
17th Feb '17 10:41:26 AM gk3389127
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* Despite having an Islamic government, the country has a relative tolerance for religious minorities. Christians, Jews, and even a few Zoroastrians have had communities in Iran for centuries. This is surprising when compared to neighboring Turkey, which also has a Islamic majority but a secular government, and yet are far less welcoming to minorities.

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* Despite having an Islamic government, the country has a relative tolerance for religious minorities. [[note]]With the exception of the Bahá'í Faith, whose persecution kicked up in the early 20th century, and the government (both pre and post-Revoulition), makes little effort to hide.[[/note]] Christians, Jews, and even a few Zoroastrians have had communities in Iran for centuries. This is surprising when compared to neighboring Turkey, which also has a Islamic majority but a secular government, and yet are far less welcoming to minorities.
6th Feb '17 6:20:57 PM Nozdordomu
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17th Nov '16 1:25:48 PM ironballs16
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17th Nov '16 1:24:04 PM ironballs16
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** Just about the only country more reviled than even America is UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia. Iran and Saud are so diametrically opposed to one another that it's a miracle war has not broken out. For starters, the Saudis [[CaptainObvious are in the Arabian Peninsula]], the homeland of both the Arab pan-ethnicity and the entire religion of Islam; Iran is mostly Persian, and has been conquered by Islamic Caliphates at various points in time. Saud is a leading member of the Sunni version of Islam, whereas Iran became the largest Shia-leaning Muslim nation (the schism between Shia and Sunni Muslims [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement won't be explained here]]). Modern Iran was founded on populism (it's not called Revolution for nothing), Saudi Arabia was founded through tribal dynasties playing power politics while Western empires destroyed the last Caliphate. Iran is something of a theocratic authoritarian oligarchy that often settles internal oligarchical differences by polling, while Saudi Arabia is an {{Egopolis}} absolute theocratic monarchy that has a solid division of power between the royal family and theocratic Sunni instructors who run domestic policy. Both are major producers and developers of oil, so they tend to butt heads over the right to regional hegemony. To that end, Saudi Arabia sabotages the countries that are allied with Iran, such as [[WeAreStrugglingTogether parts of Lebanon]] and Syria, and rallies fellow totalitarian monarchies to gang up on Iran. Meanwhile, Iran funds predominantly-Shi'ite resistance groups and terrorist cadres to antagonize the Saudis' allies, such as the Houthis in Yemen and the protesters in Bahrain. Syria is the highest this conflict has ever reached, where many would consider it to be less of a CivilWar and more of a proxy war between the Shias and Sunnis (among other such foreign parties that have a stake in Assad's potential fall).

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** Just about the only country more reviled than even America is UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia. Iran and Saud are so diametrically opposed to one another that it's a miracle war has not broken out. For starters, the Saudis [[CaptainObvious are in the Arabian Peninsula]], the homeland of both the Arab pan-ethnicity and the entire religion of Islam; Iran is mostly Persian, and has been conquered by Islamic Caliphates at various points in time. Saud is a leading member of the Sunni version of Islam, whereas Iran became the largest Shia-leaning Muslim nation (the schism between Shia and Sunni Muslims [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement won't be explained [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/Islam is better-explained here]]). Modern Iran was founded on populism (it's not called Revolution for nothing), Saudi Arabia was founded through tribal dynasties playing power politics while Western empires destroyed the last Caliphate. Iran is something of a theocratic authoritarian oligarchy that often settles internal oligarchical differences by polling, while Saudi Arabia is an {{Egopolis}} absolute theocratic monarchy that has a solid division of power between the royal family and theocratic Sunni instructors who run domestic policy. Both are major producers and developers of oil, so they tend to butt heads over the right to regional hegemony. To that end, Saudi Arabia sabotages the countries that are allied with Iran, such as [[WeAreStrugglingTogether parts of Lebanon]] and Syria, and rallies fellow totalitarian monarchies to gang up on Iran. Meanwhile, Iran funds predominantly-Shi'ite resistance groups and terrorist cadres to antagonize the Saudis' allies, such as the Houthis in Yemen and the protesters in Bahrain. Syria is the highest this conflict has ever reached, where many would consider it to be less of a CivilWar and more of a proxy war between the Shias and Sunnis (among other such foreign parties that have a stake in Assad's potential fall).
19th Sep '16 6:33:03 AM lakingsif
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* At one point or another throughout its history, Iran has had Egypt, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Transoxiana, the Armenian plateau, the lower Caucasus, Punjab, and northern Greece under its rule, all of which has been lost to various other empires, such as the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mongols, Russians and the British. As recently as the 19th century, for example, Iran controlled the entire South Caucasus area (present-day UsefulNotes/{{Armenia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Azerbaijan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}), which it lost after the wars with the Russian Empire. Humiliatingly, Iran also had to let go a half of the Azerbaijan region, which it had always held since ancient times despite its Turkification since the 11th century, though they had the luck of keeping its cultural capital, Tabriz, intact.

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* At one point or another throughout its history, Iran has had Egypt, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Transoxiana, the Armenian plateau, the lower Caucasus, Punjab, and northern Greece under its rule, all of which has been lost to various other empires, such as the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mongols, Russians and the British. As recently as the 19th century, for example, Iran controlled the entire South Caucasus area (present-day UsefulNotes/{{Armenia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Azerbaijan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}), UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope), which it lost after the wars with the Russian Empire. Humiliatingly, Iran also had to let go a half of the Azerbaijan region, which it had always held since ancient times despite its Turkification since the 11th century, though they had the luck of keeping its cultural capital, Tabriz, intact.
10th Sep '16 1:46:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Iran's official religion is Shi'a {{Islam}}. 98% of all Iranians are Muslim. Before Islam, most Iranians were [[{{Zoroastrianism}} Zoroastrian]]. A tiny community of Zoroastrians still live in Iran, but most Zoroastrians live elsewhere in modern times (particularly in India).

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* Iran's official religion is Shi'a {{Islam}}.UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}. 98% of all Iranians are Muslim. Before Islam, most Iranians were [[{{Zoroastrianism}} Zoroastrian]]. A tiny community of Zoroastrians still live in Iran, but most Zoroastrians live elsewhere in modern times (particularly in India).
6th Sep '16 2:37:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Iran's ArchEnemy in ancient times was whatever the main cultural center was in Europe, be it AncientGreece, AncientRome, or the ByzantineEmpire, until it was ultimately conquered by the Islamic Caliphate in the late 600's and converted to Islam. Centuries later, Iran resumed the tradition by being one of the main opponents of the Ottoman Empire.

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* Iran's ArchEnemy in ancient times was whatever the main cultural center was in Europe, be it AncientGreece, AncientRome, or the ByzantineEmpire, UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire, until it was ultimately conquered by the Islamic Caliphate in the late 600's and converted to Islam. Centuries later, Iran resumed the tradition by being one of the main opponents of the Ottoman Empire.
31st Jul '16 9:28:27 AM Forenperser
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* Iran's major export, and best known, [[ArabOilSheikh is oil]]. It also exports goods to the landlocked countries of Central Asia, such as foodstuffs. It has also started exporting cars to other countries; some are license-built European items, but others are homegrown. Iran also has its hand in electronic consumerism, but just enough for the domestic use.

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* Iran's major export, and best known, [[ArabOilSheikh is oil]].oil. It also exports goods to the landlocked countries of Central Asia, such as foodstuffs. It has also started exporting cars to other countries; some are license-built European items, but others are homegrown. Iran also has its hand in electronic consumerism, but just enough for the domestic use.
23rd Jun '16 5:34:18 AM Albert111
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* Most of Iran's allies are similarly geopolitical pariahs. It is one of the few countries that supports the Syrian government in its ongoing civil war. It also gets along okay with Russia and North Korea.

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* Most of Iran's allies are similarly geopolitical pariahs. It is one of the few countries that supports the Syrian government in its ongoing civil war. It also gets along okay well with Russia Russia, India and North Korea.
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