Kurds in Iran

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Kurds in Iran
Total population
estimates from 6,738,787[1] to 8,000,000[2][3][4]
Mainly Sunni Islam but also Shia Islam
Related ethnic groups
other Iranian peoples (Yazidis & Zazas)

Kurds in Iran also known as Iranian Kurds refers to people born in or residing in Iran who are of Kurdish origin. The Kurds are the third largest ethnic minority in Iran after the ethnic Persians and Iranian Azerbaijanis, comprising more than 10% of the country's population according to the CIA.[5][6][7]

Geographic distribution

Iranian Kurdistan or Eastern Kurdistan (Kurdish: Rojhilatê Kurdistanê),[citation needed] is an unofficial name for the parts of northwestern Iran inhabited by Kurds which borders Iraq and Turkey. It includes the Kurdistan Province, Kermanshah Province, parts of West Azerbaijan Province and Ilam Province.[8][9][10]

Kurds generally consider Iranian Kurdistan to be one of the four parts of a greater Kurdistan, which also includes parts of southeastern Turkey (Northern Kurdistan), northern Syria (Western Kurdistan), and northern Iraq (Southern Kurdistan).[11]

According to the last census conducted in 2006, the four Kurdish-inhabited provinces in Iran, West Azerbaijan (2,873,459), Kermanshah Province (1,879,385), Kurdistan Province (1,440,156), and Ilam Province (545,787) have a total population of 6,738,787.[12] Pockets of Lurs inhabit the southern areas of Ilam Province.[13]

Kurds in all province of Iran hava population about 9%—10% Iran's population[14][15][16] a significant portion are Sunna.[17] Sunni Kurds inhabit Kermanshah Province, except for those parts where people are Jaff, and Ilam Province; as well as some parts of Kurdistan and Hamadan provinces. The Kurds of Khorasan Province in northeastern Iran are also adherents of Sunni Islam. During the Shia revolution in Iran the major Kurdish political parties were unsuccessful in absorbing Sunni Kurds, who at that period had no interest in autonomy.[18][19][20] However, since the 1990s Kurdish nationalism has seeped into the Sunni Kurdish area partly due to outrage against government's violent suppression of Kurds farther north.[21]

The Medes are considered to be the ancestors of the modern Kurdish people in the Middle East.[22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27]

See also


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    Population: 74.2 million
    Religions: Shi'a Muslim 93%, Sunni Muslim 6%, other 1%
    Ethnic Mix: Persian 50%, Azari 24%, other 10%, Kurd 8%, Lur and Bakhtiari 8%

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