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persian language speakers not all the same

Reader comment on item: Iran Is More than Persia
in response to reader comment: Debunked speculation

Submitted by Shishir (United Arab Emirates), Nov 13, 2021 at 01:28

Stating that many of the ethnicities mentioned speak a language similar to Farsi or even Farsi itself is accurate. However the conclusion is misleading. Speaking a language does entail a certain bond between two groups upto an extant, people are proud more of their differences than their similarities.
Baloch has no special love for Iran. Turkic peoples such as Azerbaijan dont feel Persian at all especially with the rise of pan Turkicism. Also there is the unpleasant fact that Persians were ruled by Turks almost continuously for the past 1000 years which leads to a sense of ethnic superiority on part of the Turks.
yes the Turkic dynasties were Persianate but that didnt prevent the Persians from considering them foreigners.
Shahname plays into this dynamic. It was composed by Ferdowsi for Ghazni , a Turk who conquered large parts of Iran and India , hence the propaganda of Turks and Persians being long lost brothers was useful soft power to consolidate his rule


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