When discussing the history of Iran, a question emerges that needs to be clarified in order to better define the survey framework: we intend to talk about the chronological path of the populations that, from the dawn of civilization to the present day, lived in the current Iranian borders, or, we want to describe the events of those peoples who, in some way, considered themselves Iranian and lived in a historical-geographical context that includes the regions of Today's Iran and the territories included in the borders of ancient Iran.
Some scholars make the beginning of the history of Iran coincide with the arrival of the peoples Arians in the Iranian plateau, the name of Iran derives from these populations.However, this does not mean that, in earlier times, such a vast territory was uninhabited or without signs of other civilizations. Before the arrival of the Aryan populations in the plateau Iranian, many other ancient civilizations were born and disappeared, but the legacy left by some of them in this district, still today, bears its fruits under colorful forms.
Traces of culture and civilization of this kind can be observed in various forms, for example, in the positivities, in the novelties and in the religious genius of this nation.
So it is true that, from the religious and cultural point of view, Iran has donated its intellectual and moral treasure both to the East and to the West, starting with the Zoroastras of the Academy of Plato up to the mystery cult of Mithra and, in the same way, it played an important role in the spread of gnosis and Manichaeism, of which some ideas can also be found in Buddhism.
Finally, the great legacy of an ancient civilization that has been of vital importance to many countries in Asia and other parts of the world entrusts Islamic Iran with the task of making it worthy of praise.
From a chronological point of view, the history of Iran can be divided into several phases, in some cases this division has elements in common with other cultures and civilizations of the world, while there are periods in which it takes more specific traits that, in other words , can be defined as 'more Iranian periods'.
The chronological division common to other cultures of the world embraces the following phases: the Paleolithic, the epipaleolitic, the Neolithic, the three bronze ages, the period of the 'urban revolution', the 'protodynastic' period, the iron age and the era in which the first new governments and state structures began to take shape, with more precise political borders.
The first government of this kind in Iran took shape at the time of the Elamites and not at the time of the Medes or the Achaemenids and, later, under the domination of the Medes a new phase began with more modern state structures.
The major dynasties that succeeded each other in Iran are the following:
The Medes. The Ancient Iranian People
They officially founded the first autonomous government in Iran and it is believed that the formation of their kingdom dates back to the 9th and 8th centuries BC.
In the beginning the Medes were shepherds and farmers, then Dayakku (Deioces in Greek) entered the scene, took power, unified the different tribes and, later, the dominion of the Medes assumed an imperial dimension.
The Achaemenid Empire:
Cyrus II the Great was the founder of this dynasty that ruled Iran for almost 220 years.
The Persians who emigrated to the Iranian plateau were part of the Indo-Iranian group, that is to say a branch of the great ethnic-linguistic family dating back to Proto-Indo-Aryan.
The Persians were also divided into different tribes that were reunited under the guidance of Achemene.
The Achaemenid emperors were of Zoroastrian faith, but never imposed their religious belief on any people.
The Persians adopted the writing with cuneiform characters, composed of 42 signs.
Their empire is considered one of the most powerful in all of world history.
The Parthian Empire or Arsacidi:
They ruled for about 475 years.
Their first capital was Hekaton Police, also known as Sad Darvaze, then changed headquarters and moved to the cities of Ctesifonte and Rey.
The Parthians are also called Arsacids, named after Arshak who was their ancestor.
The arsacid dynasty, throughout its existence, was forced to face both the nomadic tribes of the eastern borders and the Roman empire.
The Sassanid Empire:
They reigned for 428 years and their era is regarded as the pinnacle of Iranian civilization in the ancient world.
In the Sassanian period, urban planning, the arts, the spread of bridges and other constructions, as well as the expansion of internal and external trade, reached the highest point of their growth.
Among the major festivities of the Sassanid period are: the feast of the Nouruz (the Iranian New Year); the Mehregan festival, which occurs every year on the 16 day of the month of Mehr of the Persian calendar and recalls the victory of the hero Fereydoun on the demon Zahhak; and the Sade festival, which is the celebration of the discovery of fire and is celebrated after a hundred days have passed since the beginning of winter.
With the appearance of Islam and after this new faith was welcomed by almost all Iranians, although there were weak resistance in some areas of the country, the message of brotherhood and equality of the Muslim religion took the place of the Zoroastrian religion that was strongly hierarchical.
After the Islamization of the Iranian plateau, for about two centuries there was no local government involved in tribal or religious wars, since the local governors depended on the central power of the caliph; until the Tahirid dynasty emerged in the Khorasan region and assumed the local government.
The Tahiride dynasty:
Taher Zu-l-Yamanein was the founder of the dynasty and, defeating the army of Ali ebn-e Mahan, succeeded in storming Baghdad and gave his support to bring al-Mamun caliph to power.
Although the Tahirid dynasty did not give rise to a strong government, after two hundred years it had liberated Iran from Arab influence, partly causing the appearance of other Iranian dynasties.
The Saffaride dynasty:
This dynasty ruled a part of eastern Iran for 32 years and its founder was Yaqub Leis Saffar.
After Imam Ali's victory over the Kharigites, some of them fled to Sistan and created some ephemeral local governments.
Among them, Saleh ebn-e Nasr had power and fame, among the ranks of his army militated Yaqub.
The Buyidi dynasty:
Originally the Buyidi brothers - Ali, Hasan and Ahmad - were fishermen, then they became very ambitious and put aside their father's profession, reaching the rank of officers in Makan Kaki's army.
While he was defeated by Mardavich, the Buyidi brothers entered the ranks of the Mardaviz army who chose the buyide Ali for the Karaj government - name of a locality near Nehavand in the Hamadan region, not to be confused with the today's city.
With the support of some military chiefs of the Mardaviz army, the buyis Ali took the city of Esfahan and got the better of the armies of the Caliph of Baghdad, giving rise to the Buyidi dynasty.
It was from the time of this dynasty that Shi'ism took on an official dimension in Iran.
The Ziyaridi dynasty:
The ziyaride dynasty succeeded that of the survivors of the Tabarestan region.
Naser-e Kabir was the one who with much perseverance made that area independent, after his death, his followers allied themselves with Afsar Shirviye and conquered the Tabarestan.
But Afsar did not behave worthily with the Muslims, Mardavich took advantage of this fact, which attracted the sympathy of the local population and founded the ziyaride dynasty.
This dynasty was founded in the city of Ghazna, created by the tenacity of a servant named Alabtekin.
The Ghaznavids were of Turkish descent and since they were the first couriers of the ruler of the city became famous with this name.
The peak of their power coincides with the reign of Soltan Mahmud the Ghaznavide.
For almost 231 years, the Ghaznavid dynasty reigned over vast territories of the Iranian plateau.
the Corasmian Empire or Kharazm-shah:
For about 138 years during the Seljuq era, the Kharazm-shah dynasty also ruled over parts of Iran.
Anushtakin Gharce was one of the servants at the court of the sovereign Seljukide Malekshah from whom he received the government of the Kharazm region and for this reason this dynasty took the title of Kharazm-Shah.
During the government of Qotb ad-Din Mohammad, famous as Ala ad-Din, the Mongols invaded the Iranian plateau.
Despite the tenacious resistance that Soltan Jalal ad-Din Mankeberni, son of Qotb ad-Din Mohammad, put in place, he was killed in battle and their dynasty died out.
Domain The Khanate (Mongols):
After the end of the Kharazm-shah dynasty, the territories of Central Asia along with the Khorasan region and other parts of Iran entered the Mongol domain.
The economic, cultural and political blows Genghis Khan inflicted on Iran gave no chance to other local governments to be born.
This was the reason why the Mongols chose one of their army chiefs to rule the Kharazm-shah territories.
The il-khanide dynasty reigned for almost 200 years.
The Timurid Empire:
Tamerlane was the founder of the dynasty to which he gave the name, he after consolidating his government in Central Asia, turned his attention to Iran, having the intention to create an empire similar to that of Genghis Khan.
Tamerlano and his armies fought together for fifteen years and managed to conquer several territories of the Iranian plateau.
The Timurids reigned for 104 years.
The Safavid dynasty:
Shah Esmail I Safavide, originally from the city of Ardabil, was the founder of the dynasty that ruled Iran for almost 239 years.
In the times of the Safavids, Iran had an economic-political growth never seen in the whole period following the appearance of Islam, acquiring a certain importance among the powers of the time.
The Afsharide dynasty:
Nader Shah was the founder of this dynasty.
He came from the Afshar tribe, who were rejected by Shah Esmail I from Azarbayejan to Khorasan.
Most historians attribute 60 years of age to the Afsharid government.
The Zand dynasty:
The Zand dynasty, founded by Karim Khan-e Zand, was a government of Persian origin.
After the killing of Nader Shah, Iran fell into a period of crisis and unrest, Karim Khan repressed some of his opponents' revolts and seized power in the city of Shiraz.
This dynasty ruled over some areas of the country for 46 years.
The Qajar dynasty:
They reigned in Iran for 130 years and the founder of this dynasty was Agha Mohammad Khan-e Qajar who crowned himself in Tehran.
The period of this family of Turkmen origins coincided with a phase in which there was progress in the scientific, economic and social fields all over the world, but the government of Iran became one of the weakest.
Although the country was apparently independent, in reality, the real administrators were the consuls - not even the ambassadors - of the various foreign powers, in particular Russia and England.
The sovereign Fath Ali Shah had to concede, in one go, and without any war, 18 Iranian cities to Tsarist Russia.
At that time, suddenly, every kind of development and progress stopped in Iran.
The last king of this dynasty was Ahmad Shah who in exile was assassinated at an early age.
The Pahlavi dynasty:
They reigned in Iran for 54 years.
Reza Shah was the founder of this dynasty, crowned in Tehran in the 1304 year of solar egira (1924) and reigned for 16 years.
So the crown passed from father to son and, finally, in the year 1357 of the solar egira (1979), thanks to the Islamic revolution led by Imam Khomeini, the kingdom of Pahlavi was overthrown.
The Islamic revolution of Iran:
10 February 1979 coincides with 22 day of the month of Bahman of 1357, the Islamic awakening of the Iranian people reached its peak with the guidance of Imam Khomeini: the era of the hereditary monarchy ended and the government of the Islamic Republic was established.
The Islamic revival in Iran began in the year 1341 with the vigorous protest of Imam Khomeini, and other intellectuals, both against the proposed law that wanted to reform the local administration, and against everything that Mohammad Reza Shah considered the 'revolution white 'of the king and the nation.
On the second day of the month of Farvardin the 1342 took place an assembly to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq in the School of Feiziye of the city of Qom, where a group in the pay of Savak, the secret police of the Pahlavi regime , attacked the building and spread blood.
This episode made the clergy and the people even more determined and Ayatollah Khomeini gave a historical and memorable speech.
Because of his appeal, Ayatollah Khomeini was arrested by Savak agents on the night of the 15 Khordad 1342 and was transferred to Tehran.
With the spread of this news, massive demonstrations of protest occurred in the various cities of the country, while the regime of the Pahlavi gave the order to repress such popular uprisings.
In the historical revolt of the 15 Khordad 1342, which marks a decisive moment in the beginning of the Islamic revival in Iran, thousands of people were killed and injured in many cities of the country.
The 4 Aban 1343, in the Grand Mosque of Qom, Imam Khomeini uttered other words that left an indelible mark and announced an irreversible destiny: he opposed a bill that wanted to approve the privileges of American consultants in Iran (capitolasion), and he believed that it could be the cause of the slavery of the Iranians, detrimental to the independence of the country and an indelible mark of the Pahlavi regime.
The 13 Aban 1343, the reaction of the crown was to send the Ayatollah Khomeini into exile, first in Turkey and then in the city of Najaf in Iraq.
However, the struggle and popular uprisings continued.
The 13 Mehr 1357, Imam Khomeini moved to France, from where he gave his fundamental support to the Islamic revolution.
His home in the small village of Neauphle le Chateau near Paris became the center of the world press.
In the month of Aban the level of struggle reached such a level that there were many strikes by the workers of the oil company, the Post Office and the telegraph, the National Bank, the Water Authority, the radio and television and others.
Finally, after 15 years of exile, 12 Bahman 1357 Day Imam Khomeini returned home and with his guide the 22 Bahman 1357 - after many years of struggle, tenacity, sacrifice and resistance - the Islamic revolution reached the final victory thanks to the support of the people.
Therefore, on the first of April 1979 with a popular referendum, the Islamic Republic of Iran was constituted with the favorable vote of 98,5% of those entitled.