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I want to dedicate this thread to Iranian National Heroes that fought against Arab invaders of Iran in order to save Iran, Iran's dignity, and the Iranian people. Very little is known about most of them because in the post-Islam history of Iran much has been done to give the impression that the Arabs peacefully came into Iran and the Iranians welcomed them. Nothing can be further from the truth. There were many revolts, many years of war, and an enormous amount of Iranian's blood was shed. Let's remember those who fought for Iran. These people have been kept in the dark and tried by the supporters of Islam to be erased from history to distort the truth about how hard Iranians fought to get rid of the Arabs and the Arab faith, but were killed until everyone was converted by force. The below people are true national heroes who gave their lives to save Iran and Iran's name. May their souls rest in peace.

 

Peerooz Nahavandi, the Killer of Umar Ibn Khattab

 

http://islamic-world.net/khalifah/caliphate.htm says in pertinent part:

 

Umar Ibn Khattab was the the second caliph and Muhammad's father-in-law. Upon Muhammad's death in 622, it was Umar who compelled Abu Bakr to accept the caliphate. Abu Bakr appointed Umar as his successor on his deathbed in 634. During Umar's reign, the Persians were defeated in Iraq and eastern Iran, effectively wiping out the Sassanid dynasty, while the Byzantines were defeated in Syria, Palestine and Egypt. He was mudered in 644 by a slave with a personal grudge against him. Umar was feared rather than loved: he had a harsh disposition and lived an ascetic lifestyle. According to Muslim tradition, he wore patched clothes, ate plain food, and carried a whip while walking in order to chastise those who broke the law.

 

The rest of the story not mentioned:

 

That “SLAVE’S” name is a forgotten Iranian hero by the name of Peerooz Nahavandi. In really old Arab history books (I was unable to find any on the web) it is said that this Iranian person got himself close to Umar because he had a many talents, one of which was building mills. Umar agreed to take “his slave” – the Iranian person who like all others were enslaved by the Arab conquerors – on the condition that he would build such a mill. Thereafter, one morning, this national hero took revenge for all the Iranians who had been enslaved by the Arab conquerors by taking his knife, placing it under Omar’s stomach, pressing it in and pulling it all the way up to his throat. He did what any patriotic person would do when his country was conquered and his people killed and enslaved.

 

If you guys remember, Umar is the same person who wrote that letter that I posted in a different thread to Yazdegird (the Shah of Iran) telling him either give in or you and your people will be killed.

 

Behzad Hamadani, the Killer of Osman

 

Osman, another Caliphate who ruled Iran was also killed by an Iranian hero by the name of Behzaad Hamadani. I was unable to find anything on this on the internet to link. But I assure you that this is accurate. You can ask any historian that has knowledge on this subject. He too is a national hero who is forgotten and who fought to free Iran from Arab invaders.

 

Babak Kkorramdin, another freedom fighter http://www.answers.com/topic/babak-khorramdin

 

Bâbak Khorramdin (Persian: بابك خرمدين ) Around 795 , according to some other sources 798 - 838) - One of the leaders of Khorram-Dinân (Persian: those of the joyous religion), which was a local freedom movement fighting the Abbasid Caliphate.

Early life

 

Bâbak Khorrami was born in Balal Abad (Qaradag),Iran close to the city of Ardabil. After his father’s death in his early teen, he was given the responsibility of his 2 brothers and mother during a traditional

Zoroastrian ceremony in a fire-temple, which used to involve a glass of wine and wearing a purple ribbon. By the age of 18 Bâbak had established himself in the city of Tabriz and was engaged in the arms trade and industry.

 

Later on, this engagement gave him the opportunity to travel to different regions like Caucasia, Middle East and Eastern Europe and familiarised him with history, geography and language of the countries and nations in these regions. During all these time, Azarbaijan was constantly invaded by the Abbasids (Caliphate).

Movement

 

In 755, Abu Muslim of Khorassan, a famous and popular Persian nationalist, was murdered. Although he had helped the Abbasids to defeat the former Caliphs, the Umayyad dynasty, the ruling Caliph had ordered to kill him, probably because of his increasing popularity among Iranians and Non-Muslims. Many Iranians who had expected more freedom and more rights from the new rulers could not believe that their hero was killed by the ruling Caliph whom they had considered a friend of Iran and Iranians.

 

This incidence lead to many revolts, most of all by angry Zoroastrians. This, in turn, forced the Caliphs to use more violance against the Iranian population in order to keep the eastern provinces under control. The constant revolts did not come to an end in the following decades, and the Zoroastrian population of the

Caliphate was constantly being opprssed by the Caliphs.

 

Witnessing all these pressure being exerted to his people, Bâbak joined the "Khurramiyyah (Khorram-Dinân)" movement in what later became known as Ghaleh-ye Bâbak (Bâbak Castle), in the mountains of Qaradag. His skills in the latest battle tactics accompanied by the knowledge of history and geography strengthened his position as a most favorite commander during the early wars against Arabs.

Bâbak was a highly spiritual and educated person who respected the Zoroastrian identity of his nation. He made every possible effort to establish reasonable political and cultural relationships with other Irananians and also with leaders such as Afshin and Maziyar to form a united front against the Arab Caliph.

One of the most dramatic periods in the history of Iran was set under the Bâbak’s leadership between 816-837 AD. During these most crucial years, they fought not only fought against the Caliphate, but also against Arab langauge and culture.

 

Eventually, Bâbak, his wife and his warriors were forced to leave their command post (Ghaleh ye Bâbak) under a very difficult situation after 23 years of constant campaigns. He was eventually betrayed by Afshin and was handed over to the Abbasid Caliph.

 

During Bâbak’s execution, the Caliph's henchmen first cut his legs and hands in order to convey the most devastating message to his followers. The legend says that Bâbak bravely rinsed his face with the drained blood pouring out of his cuts, thus depriving the Caliph and the rest of the Arab army the sight of his paled face which was the result of heavy bleeding.

Ancient Historical Figure and Modern Nationalistic Debates

 

In recent years, there has been debate on ethnic origin of Babak, even so trying to fit an ancient figure to this or that nationality goes against any objectiveness. Some Turkish nationalists claim that Bâbak was an Azeri-Turk. On the other hand, Persian nationalists retain the established opinion that he was Persian and that at the time of Bâbak, the Turks had not yet migrated to Azerbaijan.

 

From the Turkish point of view, it is said that Babak's name can not be shown as a proof of his alleged Persian roots, because it was not his real name. Names of some of his lieutenat's such as Tarkhan who was a Turk and Azrak who was an Arab, show that the movement was a mixed ethnicity, broad regional freedom movement against the Caliphate rule. Existence of Muslims among Bâbak's supporters also reinforces this assertion.

 

According to the Persian point of view, however Babak's (more correctly Pâpag) name, is purely from Persian (Iranian) origins. Turkic peoples migrated to Azarbayjan several centuries later. Bâbak was a follower of Zoroastrian Persians and Abu Muslim of Khurassan. There are no proofs for a Turkish background. As mentioned in the main entry, the claim that he was Turk is recent and propagated mostly by Pan-Turkists. In early history books, there is no mention that he was Turk. He has always been known as a patriot Iranian and Zoroastrian. Even the name of the province, Azarbayjan is Arabicized form of persian word Azarpadgan meaning the Place of Guardians of Holy Fire (Azar=fire, pad=guard, gan=suffix indicating a place). Ancient Arab historian Ibn Hazm in the book "Religion and People" and ancient Armenian historian Vardan in his "World History" clearly and explicity mentioned Babak as being Persian. There is no sources that claim otherwise. The name of Babak's father was Mardas, his mother in sources has been called Mah-roo. Both names are Persian. The mentor of Babak was Javidanpoor Shahrak, which is another Persian name. Also the two most important commanders of Babak, Adhin and Rostam, were ethnic Persians. Finally the name Tarkhan is also mentioned as "Tarhan" (which is an Arabic word) in some sources. Besides this, the name also occurs in the Shahnameh and some sources mention that the Soghdian rulers of Samarghand went by this name. So this was a general military title. Finally it should be mentioned that there is no trace of Turkish in Azarbaijan before the Ilkhanid era on paper, rock, leather, inscription, etc and all sources at that time mention that Azarbaijan spoke Azar-Pahlavi (the local dialect of middle Persian) as it continues today in Talyshi, Kurdish, Tati and other NW Iranian languages. Due to the invasion of Oghuz tribes, Seljuqs, Mongols, Ilkhanid, Teymurid, Black Sheep Turkomens and finally the Turcophone Safavid dynasty who imported Turkomens from Anatolia, this region became predominately Turkic speaking. But all this was after the time of Babak.

 

There are many others. I will try and bring their names forward as well, so we can know who our true national heroes are, and we can be thankful for their efforts to free Iran.

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Persians, Patriots, Friends and Comrades:

My word is particularly with you, The Persian Woman,

 

The purpose of this article is specifically for the Persian youth and then the Persians in general, to know their valuable historical Persian Women. The youth shall be aware of their rich & glorious history. Women in Ancient Persian Empire were valuable beings; they often had important positions in the Courthouse, Ministries, Military, State Department, and other official administrations. Later on, during the First Arabo_Islamic Invasion_Occupation (651 AD), some of the Persian Women gathered Commando & Guerrilla armies, & some associated with their fellow men, combining the resistance forces against the foreign oppressor.

 

Those brave Persian Women with cooperation of their brave male partners, had managed to free Iran from the "First Arabo_Islamic Invasion_Occupation" (651 AD). The sacrifices of Iranian men & women, under the leadership of Yaqub Leis Saffarid, the son of a simple Ironsmith, had freed Iran on 873 AD and ended 222 years of Arabo_Islamic occupation (651 AD - 873 AD) of Iran. Now we are once agian under the occupation. Do you have what it takes to end the "Second Arabo_Islamic Invasion_Occupation" (1979 AD) of Iran?!

 

It is essential for the Persian Women to know & understand their glorious history of the past, because without it, they will not be able to plant their place in the future of Iran. Young Iranian ladies shall understand that they were not born as second rate citizens, yet this is an Islamic present to the Iranian women! Islam had made an abomination out of proud Persian women!

 

For the rest of the article clikc here : http://www.rozanehmagazine.com/JanuaryFebr...amouswomen.html

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Display, you are very welcome!

 

Persian Empire:

 

I am very glad that you mentioned Yagoub Leis. I was actually going to post his name next. I'll look for articles about him to post. If you can, please do the same.

 

Another notable group that I want to post, but havn't been able to find information about on the net are "Roozbahaaneh Khoraasaani". They were the first group to uprise to overthrow the Arab regime after it had taken place and fought until death. When they were surrounded by the Arabs, they chose to take their own lives rather than become enslaved to the Arabs.

 

With regard to great Iranian women, let's not forget that Iran was the first country, long before any other, to have women SHAHS! That's right. Under Pre-Islam Iran, women had equal rights, and as Persian Empire correctly noted, they had very high status.

 

Two of the notable women Shahs in Iran's history are Pouran Dokht and Iran Dokht (I believe this is the person who in the link that Persian Empire put is referred to as Azermidokht). Pouran Dokht is famous in the Shahnameh for saying that Iranian men and women shold not be imprisoned because and should always be free. She had goals of setting up institution for those had done misdeeds instead of being imprisoned.

 

 

Other notables for Iran women:

 

(1) The name IRAN is itself a femal name! Yet another sign of the greatness of women.

(2) Persian is one of the only lanagues, if not the only, that does not refer to a person as "he or she" rather it calls everyone "Eshaan" or "Ou" thus making no differentiation between men and women.

 

Dorood bar tamaameh Baanovaan Geraamieh Iran Zamin!

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What the Bible Says About Persia and Persians (heroes)

 

"In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of The Lord spoken by Jeremiah, The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "The Lord, The God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a Temple [see Temples] for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you - may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build The Temple of The Lord, The God of Israel, The God who is in Jerusalem." (Ezra 1:1-3)

 

 

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PERSIA:

An empire which extended from India to Ethiopia, comprising one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, (Daniel 6), Esth. 1:1;

Government of, restricted by constitutional limitations, Esth. 8:8; (Daniel 6:8-12).

Municipal governments in, provided with dual governors, Neh. 3:9, 12, 16-18.

The princes advisory in matters of administration, (Daniel 6:1-7).

Status of women in, queen sat on the throne with the king, Neh. 2:6.

Vashti divorced for refusing to appear before the king's courtiers, Esth. 1:10-22; 2:4.

Israel captive in, 2 Chr. 36:20;

captivity foretold, Hos. 13:16.

Men of, in the Tyrian army, Ezek. 27:10.

Rulers of: Ahasuerus, Esth. 1:3.

Darius, Dan. 5:31; 6; 9:1.

Artaxerxes I, Ezra 4:7-24 .

Artaxerxes II, Ezra 7; Neh. 2; 5:14.

Cyrus, (2 Chr. 36:22), (2 Chr. 36:23), Ezra 1; 3:7; 4:3; 5:13, 5:14, 5:17; 6:3; Isa. 41:2, 41:3; 44:28; (Isaiah 45:1-8), 13; 46:11; 48:14, 15.

Princes of, Esth. 1:14.

System of justice, Ezra 7:11-26.

Prophecies concerning, Isa. 13: 17; 21:1-10; Jer. 49:34-39; 51:11-64; Ezek. 32:24, 25; 38:5; Dan. 2:31-45; 5:28; 7; 8; 11:1-4.

 

 

 

Of all of the human empires that affected the people of Israel, the Persians did something rather unique - they permitted the return of the people of the southern kingdom of Judah to Israel, by God's command (see above verses), 70 years after their exile by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar.

At its peak, the Persian empire reached from the India to Greece, and from the Caspian Sea to the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. The Persians are believed to have originated in Media, which today corresponds to western Iran and southern Azerbaijan. They settled in Persia, on the eastern side of the Persian Gulf.

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amazing thread....i knew about the ppl mentioned but not with that much information....

 

merci :gentleman_in_wft[1]: :air_kiss_wft:

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ANOTHER ARTICLE ON PEEROOZ NAHAVANDI

 

http://www.iran-heritage.org/interestgroups/islamicera.htm

 

Omavid Rule

 

Around this time, the news of the assassination of second Islamic Caliph, Omar, spread throughout the Islamic territories. An Iranian prisoner called Peerooz, killed Omar while he was on prayer. Omar’s successor, Othman, who was a very weak ruler did not encourage Arab armies to continue their conquests as fast as they did during Omar’s reign, so Iranian freedom fighters got more time to organize themselves. These early revolutionaries were usually from the noble families, called "vasteriushan" in Sasanid empire, they really did nothing, mostly because of lack of popularity.

 

In the next 20 years, Arabs completed their conquest of Iran, and they established their first empire, Omavid Dynasty. Omavid rulers where amongst the most cruel of the Islamic rulers. During their 98 years of Caliphate, many of the invaded territories began their independence movements.

 

YAGHOUB LEIS SAFFAARI

 

Following the Caliphate rule of Iran (the caliphates were Arabs who ruled Iran post Arab invasion and often there was a fight amongst them on who would rule Iran), the site of Iranian Heritage states as follows:

 

http://www.iran-heritage.org/interestgroups/islamicera.htm

 

Iranian Independence Movements

 

After Taaher, other Iranian revolutionaries started to make their own kingdoms, some of them are: Yaghoub Leis (Saffaris, 868-908 AD), Amir Esmaeel(Samanids,874-998), Mardavij(Ziary,928-1077), and Booye brothers(Booye,932-1055). "Booye" or "Aal-e Booye", was established by three brothers, Ali, Hassan, and Ahmad, sons of Booye. They were from Deylaman, and they were living under the Bavandi rule(see above). They raised an army and began conquering northern and western parts of the country. In December of 945, Ahmad the youngest brother, invaded Baghdad, the capital of Abbasid caliphs, and deposed the caliph and blinded him. From then on, the caliphate was always under Iranian influence and Iranian rulers could install the caliphs of their own choice.

 

Booye dynasty, also known as Deylami because of their birth place, ruled most of Iran for over 150 years. They were great kings who loved their country, and they were great supporters of Iranian traditions and culture.Their most famous and beloved ruler was "Panah-Khosro Ezad-al-doleh" who was the creator of many cities and constructions in Iran. Their last ruler, Sama-al-doleh was deposed by his uncle.

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Rostam Farrokhzaad

 

http://pedia.nodeworks.com/R/RO/ROS/Rostam_Farokhzad/

 

Rostam-e Farokhzad

Later on the same year, 635 AD, Omar appointed Abu Obayd Ibn Al Mossana to be in charge of Persian Campaign. An intense battle between the Arabs and Persian armies occurred, Euphrates River was the battle scene. The Persian Commander in charge of whole Persian Army was no one else but the Great Persian Hero, symbol of solidarity Arteshbod (Grand General/Field Marshal) of Persian Forces, Rostam-e Farokhzad. This battle was won by Persian Forces, & Arabs were chased all the way back to Arabia, yet Rostam-e Farokhzad was called upon to get back to the main land & capital, there were all kinds of treason, mutiny & rebellion going on against the Sassanid Rule. Even Sassanid Royalty or Sassanid Governors & Generals were creating Axis with Arabs or separated single rebellion against the government of Persian Empire @ Ctesiphone (Sassanid Capital near todays Baghdad). After the death of Khosrow Parviz (Khosrow II) at 628 AD, until the governing of Yazdgird III at 632 AD, there were seven Sassanid Royalty ruled over Iran only in a 4 years time frame! 7 Emperors/Empresses in only 4 years! This should give you an idea of how bad was the internal situation, more like an anarchy! Two of these seven rulers were women, Poorandokht (dokht = daughter, Poorandokht = daughter of pooran) Sassanid (629 AD - 631 AD) & Azarmidokht Sassanid (631 AD - 632 AD). Poorandokht, Azarmidokht & Toorandokht were the three daughters of Khosrow Parviz Sassanid, & two out of three ended up ruling the Empire as the Empress.

 

The burden of all this anarchy & instability due to internal problems was laid on Rostam-e Farokhzad as the wise Commander of Persian Forces & of course the young Yazdgird III. The reason for the disastrous situation was the almost 70 years of war with Rome which broke our economy & our back. Internal traitors & rebellions also helped to stir up the problem. The internal corruption & dictating rules of Mubed-e Mubedan & Mubeds (Zoroastrian Clerics) was another issue which helped speeding up Iran's travel towards anarchy. Rostam was faced to save an Ancient Empire from absolute collapse. Rostam-e Farokhzad was a great Nationalist & Compatriot of Iran, faithful to Yazdgird III the young Emperor, this was due to the fact that deep inside, Rostam knew that Yazdgird was a Nationalist & a lover of Iran. there was nothing else more important for Yazdgird but to save Iran from this internal & external anarchy. The destiny had handed the young Yazdgird, a broken Empire in it's worst days, Yazdgird was the most unfortunate of all Emperors of Persia, & now he had to pay for "The Sins of The Fathers"! On the bright side, Yazdgird had Rostam on his side. Yazdgird could always count on Rostam's advise & trouble shooting. Yazdgird & Rostam did not often had much of a chance to conference & debate with each other because both of them were often fighting or gathering troops on two different areas of Persian Empire & apart from each other. They both had love & respect for one another & they both knew how bad was the situation & how they were needed at different fronts. Yazdgird was always looking up to Rostam as a wise commander, big brother, & a patriot. Rostam knew that he had to chase Arabs all the way back & defeat them, & when he had to come back to Ctesiphone, he knew that he just lost a golden opportunity, the last opportunity to save the Empire!

 

This chance gave Arabs a fantastic opportunity to rest, regroup and a year later Arabs started their invasion once more. At 636 AD, Rostam-e Farokhzad Arteshbod of Persian Empire faced the most important battle of the campaign. Rostam-e Farokhzad & his selected Immortal Guards (Guard-e Javidan, a Persian Elite force) plus the Persian Infantry & Cavalry on one side & Barbarian Savages under Sa'ad Ibn Abi Al Vaghas one of the most blood sucking Arab Generals on the other side got ready for the battle. Persian Military was a traditional organized force, yet Arabs were fighting a hit & run commando warfare! Omar the second Caliph ordered Sa'ad to as much as possible not to take prisoners & slaughter all Persians, they did not have time to take prisoners, cause they had to move forward in many directions as fast as they could & commit a commando partisan warfare. It seemed like the nature was not even with Persians! A sand storm like no other came from the desert & hit Persian Military straight on the face, Persians blinded by the sand storm scattered & crippled as an army & ultimately, Arabs under Sa'ad Ibn Abi Al Vaghas defeated the Sassanid army in the battle of Qadesiyeh (near Hira), Arabs gained the whole west bank of Tigris River from today's Iraq, off of Persian Empire. This was not the only damage to Iran, yet the greatest damage of this war was the loss of Arteshbod Rostam-e Farokhzad. When Sa'ad invited Rostam to surrender his arms & forces & bring Islam, so he will be saved, Rostam laughed at his letter & in the face of his messenger & said:

 

"This soil (pointing at the Persian Soil on the ground) is my blood & veins, I cannot give it away, I need it to live." Great words of wisdom from a great Nationalist. Later on, Arabs used all kinds of treachery in this war & finally Rostam ended up fighting Arabs until the last drop of blood in his body. When all was lost & the Persian forces scattered due to the sand storm, Rostam kept up the faith & the spirit of Persian Guards & fought Arabs with a small circle of his closest guards. When night came, Arabs done sudden night attack & rushed into Rostam's strong hold. Eventually Rostam got killed by the hands of Helaal The Arab, a commander of General Sa'ad Ibn Abi Al Vaghas.

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These story is very nice, My hobby is to collect any stories of kings, and this is very good for me, it is a very excellent story. I read The Iranian National Heroes great stories, when I was in school. This is an Exclusive Topic, very interesting.

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You forgot to mention the great Sassanid kings that attacked and wiped out entire Christian villages in Persia, to protect Zoroastrianism. It is documented that these great kings, such as Shapur II, under the guidance of Kartir, the cheif zoroastrian priest, persecuted the Christians, first beginning in 344 AD, and continued this practice for centuries.

 

We have glories to mention too, such as When Khosro II attached Antioch with provication, with the sole intent to plunder the city and bring back gold and enforce taxes on the people of Antioch.

 

Yes my friends, those were the days that one could be proud of being Persian.

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You forgot to mention the great Sassanid kings that attacked and wiped out entire Christian villages in Persia, to protect Zoroastrianism. It is documented that these great kings, such as Shapur II, under the guidance of Kartir, the cheif zoroastrian priest, persecuted the Christians, first beginning in 344 AD, and continued this practice for centuries.

 

We have glories to mention too, such as When Khosro II attached Antioch with provication, with the sole intent to plunder the city and bring back gold and enforce taxes on the people of Antioch.

 

Yes my friends, those were the days that one could be proud of being Persian.

 

Christians were persecuted in certain times under the Sassanians while at other times they sat as Queens, Shirin and Maria (daughter of Maurice). Christians even had a church in Persian under the Sassanid protection before the invasion of Arabs. Let's not forgot the advances made by the Byzantine Empire into Persian territory. You don't think they persecuted Zoroastrians with the approval of their clergy? I'm not trying to blindly defend the Sassanids, not one bit. They did some things that no Persian is proud of. Yet it label all Sassanid rulers as cruel and greedy is unjust. The message trying to be communicated here is simple: with all our imperfections, we still had a decent and progressive civilization. The Arab invasion set us back in more ways than one. We lost a part of our culture, which in turn took away a piece of our identity. It imposed on us a religion that didn't have any regard for our ancient culture. The dichotomy between Persian culture and Islam still exists today.

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You forgot to mention the great Sassanid kings that attacked and wiped out entire Christian villages in Persia, to protect Zoroastrianism. It is documented that these great kings, such as Shapur II, under the guidance of Kartir, the cheif zoroastrian priest, persecuted the Christians, first beginning in 344 AD, and continued this practice for centuries.

 

We have glories to mention too, such as When Khosro II attached Antioch with provication, with the sole intent to plunder the city and bring back gold and enforce taxes on the people of Antioch.

 

Yes my friends, those were the days that one could be proud of being Persian.

 

Christians were persecuted in certain times under the Sassanians while at other times they sat as Queens, Shirin and Maria (daughter of Maurice). Christians even had a church in Persian under the Sassanid protection before the invasion of Arabs. Let's not forgot the advances made by the Byzantine Empire into Persian territory. You don't think they persecuted Zoroastrians with the approval of their clergy? I'm not trying to blindly defend the Sassanids, not one bit. They did some things that no Persian is proud of. Yet to label all Sassanid rulers as cruel and greedy is unjust. The message trying to be communicated here is simple: with all our imperfections, we still had a decent and progressive civilization. The Arab invasion set us back in more ways than one. We lost a part of our culture, which in turn took away a piece of our identity. It imposed on us a religion that didn't have any regard for our ancient culture. The dichotomy between Persian culture and Islam still exists today.

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