Did You Know- Iran Edition
A few years ago, I watched a film entitled Persepolis. It is an animated film depicting the life of a young girl before, during and after the Iranian revolution of 1979. The revolution caused the monarchal government to be overthrown and replaced by the Islamic Republic and Sharia Law. Her life and upbringing drastically changed after these events.
The Iranian Revolution was not the first major change that this area had gone through. From the Achaemenid Empire (under Cyrus the Great), to the Seleucid Empire (after Alexander the Great), to the Persian Empire and later to modern day Iran, this region has gone through many changes. Despite all of these changes, Iran maintains a rich culture. Did you know:
Iran is the birth place of polo, but Freestyle wrestling is considered the national sport
Approximately 2/3 of Iran’s population is under the age of 25
The main exports of Iran are petroleum, chemical and petrochemical products, carpets, fruits and nuts
Iran is surrounded by the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea
There are great efforts being made to increase the population of the Iranian Cheetah, who became an endangered animal after the Iranian Revolution
Iran is famous for its caviar
Ethnic Persians are by definition Muslim, so ethnic Christian converts are considered apostates. Almost all Christian activity is illegal – from evangelism to Bible training to publishing Christian books. Many church services are monitored by the secret police. The governor of Tehran has criticized Christian evangelicalism as a ‘corrupt and deviant movement’ and ‘a cultural invasion of the enemy’. More than 200 Christians were arrested in 2011.