‘دسته‌بندی نشده’ Archive

Ethnic identity in Iran

Ethnic identity in Iran by Richard Frye

Retort to the Daily Telegraph’s article against Cyrus the Great

Greetings to the Distinguished Staff of The daily Telegraph Newspaper of England, A number of my colleagues and students have bought the following article to my humble attention: Cyrus cylinder’s ancient bill of rights ‘is just propaganda’ A 2500 year old Persian treasure dubbed the world’s ‘first bill of human rights’ has been branded a […]

Parthian Is Not Turkish

Greetings Professor Diker, It has been brought to my attention that you describe Parthian as a Turkish language in your website (or a related website): www.compmore.net/~tntr/crescent_starb.html This is linguistically incorrect. Parthian is not a Turkic language. It is an old western Iranian language that is also called “Parthian Pahlavi”. It is a very close relative […]

Response to a website which has used a misprinted map to claim historicity for invalid terms for the Persian Gulf

Recently a new site by the name: www.arabiangulfmaps.com (Site A) has popped up which claims that some 16th century maps have referred to the body of the water as Arabian Gulf. In this article we will show their claim is invalid based on many reasons and such a naming lacks historical legitimacy. More than 400+ […]

Response to the false book of Alireza Asgharzadeh

Full text Article This article clearly shows that the recent book by Alireza Asgharzadeh is unscholarly, un-academic and racist.  The book by Alireza Asgharzadeh titled: “A. Asgharzadeh, Iran and the Challenge of Diversity: Islamic Fundamentalism, Aryanist Racism, and Democratic Struggles , Palgrave Macmillan (June 12, 2007) )” is full of conspiracy theories and based upon […]

Some remarks on Farabi’s background: Iranic (Soghdian/Persian) or Turkic(Altaic)?

PDF Version Some remarks on Farabi’s background: Iranic (Soghdian/Persian) or Turkic(Altaic)? Goshtasp Lohraspi This article discusses the background of Abu Nasr Farabi (872-950/951 A.D.), one of the most famous Muslim Polymaths who contributed to many fields including philosophy, music theory, logics, sociology and others. Farabi is one of the greatest figures of humanity and his […]

Politicization of the background of Nizami Ganjavi

Full text Article PDF version Politicization of the background of Nizami Ganjavi: Attempted de-Iranization of a historical Iranian figure by the USSR By Dr. Ali Doostzadeh (In memory of Vladimir Minorsky and Nowruzali Mohammadzadeh) Note 1: The article believes that Nizami Ganjavi despite his Iranic background, culture and contribution to Iranian civilization, and being a […]

Response to Pan-Turkist Manipulation of the Demographics of Iran

Main Article Recently, pan-Turkist groups have been exaggerating the number of Turkic speakers and giving false statistics to different sites. They claim that in 2008, there are 20,25, 30, 35,40 45 million Turkic speakers in Iran (depending on which pan-Turkist site one looks at)! Note the total population of Iran was 70 million in 2008. […]