Iran - Iran • A major country of the Region • Imperial...

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Unformatted text preview: Iran • A major country of the Region • Imperial history • Islamic, but not Arab • Strategic, gateway position The Islamic Republic of Iran th Pop. 65,397,521 32 00 N, 53 00 E About size of Alaska Iran-zamin = “the land of Iran” 636,294 sq.mi. Peaks at 18,000’ Geographic Overview of Iran • Mountains shaped political and economic history over several centuries – Mountains enclose several broad basins, or plateaus • One major town dominated each region w/ 100s of villages • In higher elevations, tribes practiced transhumance • Until 20 th century transportation - highways & railroads – cities & villages fairly isolated • No major river systems - historic transportation by caravans following mountain gaps and passes • Iran ranks 16 in size among the countries of the world. Iran is about one- fifth the size of the continental United States • One of the world's most mountainous countries 1) Zagros Mountains & Gulf Coast; 2) Elburz Mountains; 3) Eastern Highlands; 4) Interior Basins – most uninhabitable region About same latitude as Arizona Timeline Iran • Persepolis – southern Iran near Shiraz – was focus of Persian kingdom – 1100 BC – Persians moved to Iran – Settled in Parsa – City dependent on qanats...
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2009 for the course GCU EEE taught by Professor Larson during the Fall '08 term at ASU.

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