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Conflicts of Persian Roots in Middle Eastern History

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Oct 5, 2021 at 12:39

Historically, Persia, now Iran, figures prominently and influentially in the affairs of empires; and to a lesser recognized extent, as demonstrated here in Dr. Pipes forum, Islam has many reasons to recognize the Persian influences over the Quran, potentially overshadowing its Arab roots. Notice, that history does not record 'Arab' imperialism in the same way as empires of the Persian sort.
Totalitarianism of the Persian sort, while appearing historically as an outgrowth of the Babylonian beginnings, actually appeared to be more of a demographically diverse collection of 'sub-tribal' communities that coalesced around the Persian central culture, some of which exists today in the diverse sub-populations that share traits in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, et al.
Before Islam invaded the region, the diversities that were inherent were compelled to submit or be exterminated in order to 'perfect' the replacement cause of Islam, primarily to expel the Judaean/Messianic witnessing that had become prevalent, even amongst the Zoroastrians that were predominant there. As dominant as Islam became, because it allowed for 'dhimmi status,' evidently thinking that such submission would eventually suppress such beliefs into oblivion, found the truth irrepressible and such examples exist today. Bottom line; never underestimate the Persian basic zest for truth.

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