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Iran’s Ethnic Minorities


For much of the 20th century, successive Iranian governments promoted a narrow, Persian-centric vision that excluded and marginalised ethno-linguistic minorities. Now, minority groups are fighting back.


Iran is home to one of the most culturally diverse populations in the entire Middle East, with Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, and Baloch peoples amongst the groups that have shaped the historical and cultural development of the Iranian plateau.

Our new report National Fabric: Iran’s Ethnic Minorities showcases some of the ways that ethnic minority communities in Iran are creatively resisting state discrimination, and fighting an ongoing battle to preserve their unique cultural identities.

Read our report now