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In pre-Islamic times, Iran was a center of → Zoroastrianism. Since the early sixteenth century, it has a special place from a religious viewpoint, since here, unlike the Turkish, Uzbekish, and Indian neighboring states, the Shia has become the religion of the state. Iran's recent history offers an interesting example of Islam's political potential. The 1979 …

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Nölle, Christine, “Iran”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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