GETTING TO KNOW THE BEAUTY OF IRAN
Compiled by Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
Lush mountains in northern Iran along the Caspian Sea
The majority of the Western world has formed its opinion of Iran in accordance with what is broadcast over television. We envision Iran, and all of the Middle East for that matter, as brown—arid deserts devoid of color. I dare say, most have never seen lovely, colorful scenes of Iran broadcast in the Western world.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: As long as humanity is daily fed a litany of negative impressions of a people or a country, they can be manipulated into hating, discriminating against, and inflicting all sorts of violent behaviors upon them. On the other hand, if humanity is aware of the true nature of a people and the beauty of a country, they cannot be misled into destroying a people or country.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Western world teaches history as a series of wars. We are required to memorize the dates of wars and what-we-are-taught caused them. We study the individual battles, the military commanders involved, and the military tactics used. The end result is that most graduate from high school and college considering history to be the study of the battles fought by a country and the conquests made. I double majored in Social Studies/History in college, yet I graduated knowing little about the people of any nation or about the natural habitat of countries that have played a huge role in our lives based on the disagreements those in power positions have had with each other.
At the moment, Iran is getting a lot of negative media attention in the Western world. For this reason, I would like to know the beauty of the country and its people. As I begin this exploratory journey, I know next to nothing about Iran with the exception of our highly controlled news media’s portrayal of it.
IRAN = PERSIA
Iran is the political name – Persia is the cultural name.
King Cyrus, of Persia, played a major role in the events of the Old Testament. Cyrus conquered Babylon (Iraq) and allowed the Jews living in exile in Babylon to return home, ordered the stolen Temple vessels to be returned, and commanded the Temple in Jerusalem rebuilt. See Ezra 1:1-11.
THE ANCIENT COUNTRY OF IRAN/PERSIA
ITS SCENIC BEAUTY
Kish Island, Iran – located in the northeast area of the Persian Gulf
The sea water along Kish’s coasts is so clear that the depths of the ocean and its unique aquatic life can be seen.[i]
Waterfall in northern Iran by the Caspian Sea
Mountains in Northern Iran
Wild Tulips (called Laaleh in Persian)
Tulips are actually indigenous to Iran, Afghanistan, and parts of Central Asia—not to the Netherlands.
“Spring in Iran is so magical.”
Native to Iran, the Mediterranean, & Asia Minor
Cultivated in the rich plains of Iran
Arasbaran Forest in East Azarbaijan, Iran
Baluchestan Province in Iran
Izeh – SW Iran
Latian Lake near Tehran, Iran
Oroomieh Lake – NW Iran
At one time the 3rd largest lake of salt water in the world … now turning to salt.
It has more than 100 rocky islands.
Pear Orchard – Shiraz, Iran
Desert Formations near Saayeh Khosh – Southern Iran
Oroomieh Lake, NW Iran
One of its many rock islands
Kohgilujeh Boyer Ahmad Province, Iran[ii]
Kaluts Desert, Kerman, Iran – famous for its natural sand castle formations
Central Desert, near the oasis village of Mesr, Iran
Sunset in the Kaluts Desert – famous for its natural sand castle formations
IRAN/PERSIA IS A COUNTRY OF GLORIOUS COLORS!
[ii] This photo and the seven above it were drawn from http://www.akademifantasia.org/south-asia/30-interesting-places-in-iran-pics/