What even is Persian Culture?

So what is Persian culture?  Persian Culture is something completely unique, which has been influenced by some many different outside forces.  From the Greeks, to the Muslims, and (surprisingly for a short time) The USA.  It does not only exist in Iran either, Persian culture is fairly prevalent in Los Angeles. New York and many other cities across the US.

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New York City

Before you are able to properly understand the culture or the people you must understand this; Persians are not Arabs.  They might live in the same region, maybe loom the same, worship the same god, but there are many differences that we will get into later. Now with some of the different aspects of the culture.  For many across the world, the only connection to this way of life are some of the widely exported things.  For example, many people know about Persian Rugs and their high quality.  For example, my picture for the top of my page is a Persian rug and this is an example of a turkish rug.  It looks nice but I am still a fan of the Persian Rugs

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People also know about the food, which is excellent in my opinion. Religion is also something that people associate with Iran and Persian culture, but it is not as you might think. Islam has also shaped the culture and politics of Iran in a major way as well, but there are some differences from the Arabs.  For example, most Iranians are Shia, but some are Sunni or Sufi Muslim.  There are also had a religion before Islam, called Zoroastrianism, which is still practiced in small pockets across Iran.  Zoroastrianism is like Islam, in that it is monotheistic (only one god), but other than that it has no other connection.

Persians do not speak Arabic.  This is a common misconception, but the Persian people speak Farsi, which is much more similar to French than Arabic, other than the alphabet a few words here and there.

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Sorry for my handwriting, I am still getting to grips with the Arabic scripts.

Speaking of Farsi, Persian Culture has amazing literature and poetry.  The art of making verses has seeped over from poetry to all forms of writing, from science and metaphysics reports to literature.  One of the most famous poets was جلال‌الدین محمد رومی (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi) popularly known as Rumi, who influenced poetry so greatly it even affected Greece and India.

Persian Culture is truly incredible and I am so excited to explore all of these topics and some many more with you all!

!خدا حافظ (Goodbye!)

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2 comments

  1. emilystone · February 13

    This is an awesome blog! I can’t wait to read more!

    Like

  2. jackcantin · February 13

    A unique blog at a culture not many people know about! Awesome.

    Like

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