Issue 8, March 2009
|Historical Background of Islam in Iran|
For much of their history, Persians were not Muslims, but practiced Zoroastrianism, an ancient monotheistic faith that is thought to have informed all modern religions with its concepts of good and evil and a final judgment day. In the 600s AD, the Arab conquest of the Persian Empire brought a new religion: Islam.
Islam was founded by the Prophet Mohammad, who is said to have received divine revelations from God, known as Allah, through the angel Gabriel.