A little-known province in the spotlight at an Iranology event

TEHRAN — A national conference on Iranian studies and Iranology is to be held in the southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad on August 28, the province’s deputy governor has announced.

The conference will focus on showcasing the historical, cultural and artistic capabilities of the host province, Seyyed Javad Hashemi said, CHTN reported Sunday.

Researchers, scholars and interested people can submit their papers and research on the historical province, the official explained.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad have a lot to offer in the fields of history, archaeology, geography, literature and tourism, all of which deserve attention, he added.

The lesser known province is home to various nomads and is a top destination for those wishing to experience nomadic life in person. Tourists can live with a nomadic or rural family for a period of time or enjoy an independent stay and help them with day-to-day life. It also opens the possibility of feeling the rustic routines, their agriculture, traditions, arts and culture.

Ancient Iran, also known as Persia, a historical region in southwestern Asia that only roughly coincides with modern Iran. The term Persia has been used for centuries, primarily in the West, to refer to areas where the Persian language and culture predominated, but it more correctly refers to a region in southern Iran formerly known as Persis, alternately as Pars or Parsa, modern Fars.

Parsa was the name of a nomadic Indo-European people who migrated to the region around 1000 BC. The first mention of Parsa occurs in the annals of Shalmanesar II, an Assyrian king, in 844 BC.

During the reign of the Persian Achaemenid dynasty (559-330 BC), the ancient Greeks first encountered the inhabitants of Persis on the Iranian plateau, when the Achaemenids – natives of Persis – were expanding their political sphere. The Achaemenids were the dominant dynasty during Greek history until the time of Alexander the Great, and the use of the name Persia was gradually extended by the Greeks and other peoples to apply to the entire Iranian plateau.

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Joan J. Holland