Iran (historically Persia) (Persian: ایران) is a Middle Eastern country located in Southwest Asia. Although locally known as Iran from the ancient times, until 1935 the country was referred to in the West as Persia. In 1959 Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi announced that both terms could be used. Use of the word "Persia" to refer to present-day Iran is, however, rare. The name Iran is a cognate of "Aryan" meaning "Land of the Aryans".

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جمهوری اسلامی ايران Jomhūrī-ye Eslāmī-ye Īrān Isla ...
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