Persian people

Ethnic group and nation from the Persia / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Persians are an Iranian ethnic group who natively speak the Persian language. They share the same Persian culture, cuisine and history. In Western writings, it is common to name all ancient Iranian peoples as Persian, although some of them were not of the Persian culture, and did not speak the Persian language.

Quick facts: Total population, Regions with significant po...
ایرانیان فارسی‌زبان
Total population
c. 52.5 million[1]
Regions with significant populations
Flag_of_Iran.svg Iran49,312,834 (61–65% of total population)[2][3]
Flag_of_Turkey.svg Turkey618,000[4]
Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Republic_%281958%E2%80%931971%29.svg Iraq15,405,000[5]
Flag_of_the_United_States.svg USA331,000[6][7][8]
Flag_of_Israel.svg Israel250,000[9]
Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates.svg UAE238,250[10]
Flag_of_Germany.svg Germany200,000[11][12]
Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg Canada173,760[13][14]
Flag_of_Russia.svg Russia172,303[not in the source given][6][15]
Flag_of_Qatar.svg Qatar160,000[16]
Persian Caucasian Tat,[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] and Judeo-Tat), Luri
Primarily Shia Islam, Sunni Islam, Sufi Islam
Irreligion, Bahá'í, Zoroastrianism

In terms of religion, most Persians today follow the Shia Islam branch of Islam while there is a sizeable population of ethnic Sunni Persians mostly living in southern Iran in Fars province. Historically, the religion of the Persians was Zoroastrianism however this religion declined after the Muslim conquest of Iran and Persians began to gradually convert to Islam and become Muslim.