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

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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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