Nov 18 - The Iranian Situation 1. Iran a. 2/3 of people in...

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The Iranian Situation 1. Iran a. 2/3 of people in Iran are under age of 30. b. 70% of people speak Indo-European language c. 50% speak Persian, the dominant ethnic group d. Turkish language spoken e. 67% of people live in cities f. 80% are literate 2. Iranian Particulars a. Persian Past and Present a.i. Identify Greeks as counterpart a.ii. The Greeks were considered uncivilized but the Iranians are not a.iii. Ethical monotheism – one god and that god cares about you, the backbone of Christianity, Muslim, etc. Comes out of Persian b. Shiite Majority b.i. Majority of worlds Muslims live here b.ii. Go back to successors of Muhammad b.iii. 90% c. Independent Nation c.i. Never subject to direct colonization c.ii. Had to contend with strong issues from Russian and Great Britain c.ii.1. This came to a head in WWI c.ii.2. Invaded Persia then and was occupied till now c.iii. d. Shahs of Iran d.i. From 18 th century last ruler is gone in 1925 when first man becomes SHAH d.ii. Lasts till 1979 d.iii. Was a mercenary war lord. d.iv.
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