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Iran's Diverse Peoples

A Reference Sourcebook

Iran's Diverse Peoples by Massoume Price
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Spanning a 5,000-year period, this is the first work to document the origins, evolution, and current status of all major ethnic groups in Iran. A veritable melting pot of more than 30 ethnic groups, Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in world history and home to one of the least-understood ethnic situations today. Who are the diverse peoples of the "Land of the Aryan"? How have they lived? What does the future hold for them? From ancient civilizations of 3000 B.C. to the election of President Mohammad Khatami millennia later, Iran's history is a rich palette of conquests, invasions, occupations, and revolutions. Iran's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook documents for the first time the major ethnic groups that emerged during each era and traces their evolution to the present day. Written by a social anthropologist educated in Iran and England, this analysis presents vital statistics on the Persians, Kurds, Turks, Lurs, Assyrians, Arabs, and other pastoral and urban groups of Iran, highlighting their differing languages, religions, cultural practices, political agendas, and current problems. The settling of nomadic tribes, the unveiling of women, the Islamic Revolution, O.P.

E.C., Soviet intervention, Kurdish oppression-these and other contentious topics are all examined with respect to their impact on Iran's ethnic entities.

ABC-CLIO; July 2005
393 pages; ISBN 9781576079942
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Title: Iran's Diverse Peoples
Author: Massoume Price