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Thread #77734   Message #1392012
Posted By: Nerd
29-Jan-05 - 12:08 AM
Thread Name: BS: Good News in Iraq
Subject: RE: BS: Good News in Iraq
Dianavan is wrong on this one. The ethnic majority in Iraq--about 80%--is Arabs.

The religious majority is Shi'ite, which has roots in Persian forms of Islam, but only a tiny minority of Iraqi Shi'ites are ethnic Persians. Essentially, Persian religious teachers came to Iraq in some numbers before and during the Ottoman period and converted much of Iraq to Shi'a. A few of them remain, but many were later expelled. The Sunni minority, including Saddam's party, were extremely hostile to Persians as a group and got rid of as many as they could.

The second largest group in Iraq are Sunni Arabs.

The third largest is Kurds, most of whom are Sunni as well.

Then come tiny minorities like Assyrians (Christian), Jews, ethnic Persians, etc.

From USA Today 1/4/2005: "Iraq is estimated to be about 35% Sunni, including Arabs and Kurds, and about 60% Shiite Arabs."

That don't leave much room for Persians, dianavan!

Afghanistan is, as dianavan points out, largely Persian ethnically speaking.