| Girl with Iranian flag on her forehead during mass rallies across the country celebrating the 34th anniversary of the 1979 revolution in the capital Tehran and many other cities and towns. The Iranian nation toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
|| Irish surfer Easkey Britton sporting her headscarf on the shores of the Persian Gulf, a student at the University of Ulster and a native of Donegal, she becomes the first woman to go surfing off the coasts of Iran.
|| Group photo of some prominent Iranian Artists gathering at lady Marzzieh's house in Fasham. Ali Tabesh, Hassan Golnaraghi, Taqi Zohouri, Jahangir Malek, Nasser Malek Moti'ee, Nasser Masoodi, Anoushiravan Rohani are among notables.
|| A childhood photo of Iranian Musician Homayoun Khorram with a violin. He was a musician, composer, violinist, and a member of the high council of Iran's house of music. Khorram began his music career as a violinist at the age of 10.
| Amoo Norooz ushers in the spring time every year according to Persian tradition and brings children gifts, much like his Western counterpart Santa Claus.The other Norooz mythical characters is Naneh Sarma (Grandma Frost)
|| Bust of Roman Emperor Caracalla, he was assassinated while urinating near Carrhae River on 8 April 217 with a single sword stroke. This practiacally ended his War with Parthia tricked the Parthians into believing that he'd accepted a peace proposal.
|| Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi is visiting the notorious Anti-Terror Joint Committee prison in Tehran where prisoners of conscience were tortured to death under supervision of the secret police named SAVAK.
|| Young Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad at the Haft Seen spread, ancient tradition greeting Norooz with 7 items starting with the letter 'S', each symbolizing well-wishes such as love, abundance, health, happiness, joy & sweetness, colorfulness and light.
| Iranian Girl Ninjas practicing Ninjutsu at a gym in Karaj, 45 km northwest of Tehran on March 15, 2012. Thousands of Iranian women train in martial arts in Iran for sports and fun, yet the Talibanist Western media, labels them as potential assassins!
|| Iranian general Hassan Pakravan born in Tehran on August 4, 1911, he was the second head of the notorious SAVAK and naturally among the first of the Shah's officials to be executed after the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
|| Teymur Bakhtiar (1914 – 12 August 1970) was an Iranian general and the founder and head of SAVAK from 1958 to 1961, when he was dismissed by the Shah. In 1970, SAVAK agents assassinated him in Iraq.
|| Farrokh Khan Amin-Doleh, Ferouk Khan, also Feruk Khan or Ferukh Khan (1814 - 1871), was Vice Premier to the court of Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar and the Persian ambassador to the Emperor of the French, Napoleon III and Queen Victoria.
| Signed Photograph of Adolf Hitler in Original Frame with the Swastika - Niavaran Palace Complex. The text below the photograph: His Imperial Majesty - Reza Shah Pahlavi - Shahanshah of Iran - With the Best Wishes - Berlin 12 March 1936
|| The Qajar embassy to France Ferouk Khan on the pages of Illustrated London news in 1857. His negotiations led to the March 1857 Treaty of Paris, which put an end to the Anglo-Persian War (1856-1857) after which Afghanistan was separated from Iran.
|| A quote from the Iranian revolutionary Dr. Mosaddegh : My pain is not fences around the pond but to live amongst fish that cannot imagine the ocean. Zealots and monarchists might distort the image of Mosaddegh, but not his memory in the hearts of people.
|| A crow enjoys the view on a ring denoting earliest physics studies by the Iranian scientist Al Birouni. He also showed interest in sociology, astronomy, astrology, chemistry, history, geography, mathematics, medicine, psychology, philosophy, theology
| Reza Shah took off on his only travel to a foreign country on June, 2, 1934. He was accompanied by 17 people, mostly high ranking military officers marking the beginning of a new era in Iran-Turkey relationship.
|| A Turkish newspaper clip features Iranian generals in a queue to Kiss hands of 11 year old Prince on his birthday celebrations. Reza Pahlavi is the older son of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah Pahlavi.
|| Qajar Masood Mirza Zellolsoltan (5 January 1850-2 July 1918) was a Persian prince of the Qajar Dynasty; he was known as the "Yamin-al-Dowleh" ("Right Hand of the Government"), eldest son of Nasseroddin Shah and Effatoddoleh, brother of Kamran Mirza.
|| Nematollah Boroujerdi was a supporter of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution who shot Qavamolmolk Shirazi to death on March, 7, 1908. After shooting four times, he shot himself and took his own life.
| First and only Iranian female ambassador abroad, Ms. Mehrangiz Dolatshahi was an activist in the field of women rights. She delivered a speech during the 21st meeting of the International Council of Women in Vancouver in 1976.
|| Last Prime Minister of the Pahlavi regime Shapour Bakhtiar was found dead from stab wounds aged 77 at his home outside Paris on Aug, 8, 1991. He was in office for only 36 days and tried to persuade Imam Khomeini to a settlement to save the monarchy.
|| Bust of Bāqer Khān (1870, Tabriz - November 12, 1911), honorarily titled Sālār-e Melli meaning National Leader, was one of the key figures in the Persian Constitutional Revolution at the Constitution House of Tabriz, also known as Khaneh Mashrouteh
|| Young Iranian artist Sanaz Sohrabi sat silently across the United Nations before thousands of pill capsules filled with strips of paper telling the stories of Iranians not being able to find medicine as a result of the sanctions.
| Iranian political dissident Ayatollah Ghaffari died on December, 28, 1974 in Pahlavi prison under torture.On the eve of his death, his son witnessed his father in poor physical conditions; broken arms and feet with bruises all over his body.
|| Qajar girls at the Harem smoking Hooka! This bizarre smoking habit became an icon of the Naseroddin Shah era when people were pacified while the country was being sold in Great Game, an implanted culture that still lingers on.
|| A bust of Ferdowsi created by Afshin Esfandiari in National Museum of Tajikistan. Ferdowsi was a famous Persian poet, creator of Shahnameh (Epic of Kings) which is a narrative the Iranian history since the beginning of time until the fall of the Sassanian
|| Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani (born August 4, 1930 - Mashhad) is the highest-ranking Shia marja in Iraq and the leader of the Hawza of Najaf. Sistani forbid smoking for the beginner if it entails serious harm, even if the harm is only probable:
| Elizabeth Taylor with hookah at tea house in Shiraz, Iran, 1976, Actress Elizabeth Taylor was invited on Iran Air's inaugural nonstop flight from New York to Tehran, She visited important historical attractions in Iran including Perspolis and Isfahan
|| Iranian Commander Major General Seyed Hassan Firuzabadi, born 3 February 1951, is the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces. He has doctorate degree in medical sciences from the university of Mashhad.
|| Iran has for years been a destination for Afghans seeking work or fleeing war sharing a language, cultural and historical links. Iran has announced that only 900,000 of 2,000,000 Afghans in Iran are legal residents and illegal workers will be extradited.
|| The Iranian delegation to the ICJ defending against Britain: Prime Minister Mosaddegh looking at Nasrollah Entezam, Ambassador, former Minister and the only Iranian to have served as President of the UN General Assembly.
| Mosaddegh, being assisted by his son, enters the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ during the proceedings.On July 22, 1952 by a 9-5 vote, the ICJ declared that the 1933 agreement could not constitute a treaty between the two states as the UK claimed
|| A 10 Shahi postal stamp featuring last Qajar king Ahmad Shah who ascended the throne in 1909. He attempted to fix damages done by his despot father but he failed and left Iran for Europe in 1923 and died 1930 at Neuilly-sur-Seine, outside Paris, France.
|| Sardar As'ad Bakhtiari (1856–1917) was an Iranian revolutionary, a leader of Bakhtiari Haft Lang tribe, and one of the primary figures of the Persian Constitutional Revolution.In 1909, Bakhtiari tribal forces under his command captured Tehran
|| Iranian politician Rajab Ali Mansour aka MansurolMolk, (1895 - 8 December 1974 in Tehran) was a Prime Minister of Iran twice. He was the father of Hasan Ali Mansour.Born in Tehran, he served as an unpopular Governor of Khorasan and Azarbaijan provinces,
| Iranian politician Rajabali Mansour while he was the governor of Azaerbaijan.Born in Tehran, he also served as Governor of Khorasan, and as Ambassador to Italy, The Vatican, Turkey, and served twice as Prime Minister and six times as cabinet Minister.
|| President of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu visits Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Sep, 3, 1969. On Dec, 18,1989, Iran was Ceaușescu's last state visit, a week after returning to his country he was briefly executed.
|| Iranian politician Ali Amini after he was appointed as PM in 1961. In 1962, however, he was replaced by the Shah's close friend and a major Birjand landowner Asadollah Alam.He served as advisor to the Shah during the final days of the Pahlavi Dynasty.
|| Iranian Prime Minister Dr. Ali Amini in his ceremonial uniform. In 1979, He moved to Paris where he wrote his biography published by Harvard University. He died on 12 December 1992 at the age of 87.
| Pahlavi Prime Minister Dr Amini visiting Paris.In 1979, He moved from Iran to Paris, France. He wrote his biography published by Harvard University.He died on 12 December 1992 at the age of 87. His body was buried in Passy Cemetery.
|| Parviz Sabeti, head of notorious Savak in Tehran at a press conference in 1976. He was born in Semnan and first started working for Savak as a political analyst in 1959. Sabeti is now active in politics living in the US.
|| Iranian Prime Minister Hasanali Mansour and his Cabinet of Ministers at Golestan Palace in1964. At 10am Jan 22, 1965, Mansour was assassinated by Mohammad Bokharayi (Navvab Safavi) at Baharestan Square near Majlis.
|| Postcard of Mozaffaroddin Shah and his ministers visiting Martigny les Bains in France, dated Aug, 11, 1902.Shah awarded the French exclusive rights to search and keep discoveries and Iran did not receive compensation for objects in gold and silver.
| Cabinet of Prime Minister Mohammad Ali Foroughi in Majlis 1934 (Foroughi, Jam, Davar, Hassan-Ali Mansour, Sadr, Nezamedin Hekmat, Ali Alsghar Hekmat, Gen. Ahmad Nakhjavan, Morteza Gholi Bayat, Mozaffar Alam, Soheyli)
|| Mohammad Ali Foroughi Zoka-ol-Molk (1877 – 1942) was a teacher, diplomat, writer, politician and Prime Minister of Iran. Foroughi is known to have been a freemason, instrumental in installation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi proclaimed as king after Reza Shah.
|| 23 November 2011 Mourners in Sirta hold up a picture of puppet king. No link between Iran and protests in Sunni-ruled Bahrain (one of 14 provinces of Iran until the British conspiracy of 1971) was found by an official inquiry into Shia-led protests.
|| Visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said in Paris Tuesday he expected "significant" headway at a meeting between Iranian and European negotiators set on April 29 over Iran's nuclear issue.
| Henry Kissinger, the US Secretary of State partying in Tehran with Amir Abbas Hoveida, the Iranian Prime Minister. A belly-dancer is entertaining the audience in an oriental atmosphere with hooka, claps and stuff serving the gang!
|| Veiled women selling Falafel at a market in Bandar Abbas. Original Bandaris (residents of Bandar Abbas) speak Bandari, a dialect of Persian however the fast growing population is a mixture of Bandaris, Persians, and Arabic speaking people.
|| A Bakhtiari tribal man in his traditional Ashayer outfit holds a rifle.The Bakhtiari, a southwestern Iranian tribe. consider themselves as descendants of Fereydun, a legendary hero from the Persian national epic, Shahnameh.
|| A Baby from the Ashayer(tribes) of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari sleeping peacefully. Researches show that oldest human habitats of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari date back to 1,000 years ago and Ashayer have preserved this heritage as a live museum.
| Colonel Pesyan during pilot training in Germany. He was the first trained Iranian pilot who served in German Airforce and was rewarded with the Eisernes Kreuz Medal for shooting down more than 25 enemy aircraft during World War I.
|| Statue of Arash Archer, the legendary Iranian hero in front of Tehran's iconic Milad Tower.Arash shoots his arrow at dawn, which traveled a great distance before finally landing and so marking the future border between the Iranians and the Aniranians.
|| Iranian anti-colonial hero Rais Ali Delvari and his comrades, He was the leader of the Tangestan resistance fighters who relentlessly fought against the British occupation of Iran during the World War I.
|| Ayatollah Mohammed Reza Shirazi was an Iraqi-Iranian Shia cleric and the son of the late Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Hussaini Shirazi, and a relative of Grand Ayatollah Mirza Hassan Shirazi.
| Abbas Amir-Entezam at the Revolutionary Court. Born 18 August 1932, he was the spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister in the Interim Cabinet of Mehdi Bazargan in 1979. In 1981 he was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of spying for the U.S.
|| Mirza Mohammad Farrokhi Yazdi was an Iranian journalist, poet and senior politician who was killed by the order of Reza Shah Pahlavi on October, 18, 1939.Farrokhi was buried in an unknown place
|| Iranian commander Ali Sayad Shirazi with President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who suggested him as head of ground forces on Oct, 1, 1981. Shirazi successfully commanded Iranian armed forces during the Iran-Iraq War and repelled MKO in Mersad Operation.
|| Iranian commander General Ali Sayad Shirazi was chief-of-staff of the Iranian forces during the Iran-Iraq War. On April 10, 1999, 6:45 local time Shirazi was assassinated by MKO, just outside his house when he was going to work.
| Colonel Ahmad Nakhjevan earned the title to be the first IIAF pilot to fly a Breguet 19 airplane marked with Iranian flag and logo from Paris and arrive at Ghaleh Morghi Airbase of Tehran on Feb, 24, 1926.
|| Tehran Ghaleh Morghi Airbase 1923-1924. F13 Junkers were first airplanes sent to Iran. The man standing is Colonel Ahmad Khan Nakhjevan. These planes mostly used for air transportation between Tehran and other major cities operated under Junkers Company.
|| Statue of Iranian poet at Tehran's Ferdowsi Square 1962, Ferdowsi was a highly revered Persian poet. He spent over three decades (from 977 to 1010) to create Shahnameh, the national epic of Iran and related societies.
|| Like Takhti, Abdollah Movahhed is the most honored Iranian Wrestler with 6 olympics and world gold medals.He is listed in the FILA wrestling hall of fame.Movahed moved to the USA, but refused to train American wrestlers.
| Under the guidance of prominent Cleric Allameh Majlesi the Safavid state made major efforts, in the 17th century to Persianize Shiite practice and culture in order to facilitate its spread in Iran. Opaque watercolor on paper
|| Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visits Hassan Ebrahim Habibi at Tehran's Rajayi Heart Center. Habibi a mild mannered personality is the first vice president of Iran serving from Sep, 1,1989 to Sep, 11, 2001. He was hospitalized on Sep, 25, 2008.
|| Queen Farah Pahlavi and Prime Minister Amirabbas Hoveida during a state visit to China in 1972. Both the pre-1979 revolution Pahlavi dynasty of Iran and the post-revolutionary Islamic Republic of Iran have had stable diplomatic ties with China.
|| Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini was born in Rafsanjan.Also known as Ershad, the was founded on March 2, 1986, based on a legislation passed by the Parliament, under President Ali Khamenei.
| Iranian Minister Dr. Mehdi Ghazanfari born 16 November 1960) is an Iranian politician who is the current Minister of Industries and Business since 3 August 2011. He was Minister of Commerce in the second cabinet of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from 9 August 2009.
|| Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan (died 27 February 2011 aged 84 PBUH) came to Tehran in 1996 and signed a gas deal against US pressures. His stand is remarkable as he gave priority to the Turkish national interests over those of the US.
|| Syrian President Bashar Al Assad leaves the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran in Oct 2010 after he was awarded with Iran's highest national medal by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Syria is in the middle of international conspiracy at the verge of a civil war.
|| Qajar politician, Mirza Fathali Khan was the vice president of the minster of foreign affairs.He had close ties with Naseroddin Shah. He was the son of Mirza Ali Akbar Ghavamolmolk Shirazi. His title Saheb Divan is because he wrote some poetry.
| Qajar Vezir Amir Kabir (1807 – 10 January 1852) also known as Mirza Taghi Khan Farahan, Amir-Nezam (The Prince of the State), and Atabak-e Azam (The Chief Minister). Born in Hazaveh, a county of Arak he was murdered by the order of Naseroddin Shah.
|| A Portrait painting of the Qajar King Naseroddin Shah, a dictator who reigned in Iran for half a centuray despite being one of the most inept and corrupt rulers of all times. Until he was assassinated by Mirza Reza Kermani on May,1 1896.
|| An Iranian woman paints her hand with colors of the Iranian flag as a sign for supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranians went to the polls on Friday, June 12, 2009, after a hotly contested election campaign followed by protests.
|| Safavid Ambassador Hossein Ali Beyg envoy of Shah Abbas to Europe (1599–1602) was part of numerous diplomatic efforts seeking against the Ottoman expansion.Further efforts towards an alliance were also undertaken by Anthony Sherley acting as intermediary.
| A painting in a church in Lambrechtshagen / Germany features prophet Daniel sitting near Lions while the Achaemenid king Dariush (Darius the Mede) is watching from the terrace.Darius the Mede is a biblical person in the Book of Daniel, Chapters 6-9.
|| Iranian-American used car dealer Mansour Arbabsiar was charged on October, 11 2011 in federal court in New York with plotting to assassinate Al Jubeir the Saudi ambassador to the United States, apparently a false flag scenario to instigate a war.
|| Three American hikers Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal during a press conference after their release in New York Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.Two of American hikers were held for about 2 years in an Iranian prison for violation of Iranian territory.
|| A Poster in memory of Iranian nuclear scientist Masood Alimohammadi who became Martyr on Jan, 10, 2010, a booby-trapped motorbike parked near his car exploded while he was leaving home in Gheytariyeh neighborhood of northern Tehran, for university.
| Mahdavi Kani (L) and Morteza Motahhari were appointed by Khomeini to the Revolutionary Council . Mahdavi Kani is Secretary-General of Combatant Clergy Association (Jame-e-ye-Rowhaniat-e-Mobarez) 1979–present, Preceded by Morteza Motahari.
|| IRI Imam Khomeini talks to Mahdavi Kani. Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Mahdavi Kani was appointed by Imam Khomeini to the Revolutionary Council and later took up various political and religious positions.
|| The head of the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah, Seyyed Hasan Nasrollah, has made a rare public appearance in the Syrian capital, Damascus attending a dinner with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
|| King of Jordan Abdollah's visit to Tehran in 2003 came as a surprise because the relations between the two countries were severed after the Islamic Revolution. Ayatollah Khomeini had labeled Melek Hossein, Abdollah's deceased father, a puppet king.
| Istanbul/Turkey Jan, 21, 2011: Iran's Chief Nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili meets European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. Iran is a signatory of NPT and seeks justice, development and international peace and security during negotiations.
|| Tehran, Oct, 2007 Ayatollah Khamenei greets Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the meeting. Putin was the first President to visit Iran after 50 years attending a meeting of countries neighboring the Caspian Sea.
|| Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a doctorate of honor from the Havana University of Cuba 2012. Cuba and Iran signed their first agreement of scientific cooperation to contribute to their economic and social development in Feb, 2008.
|| A photo of Iranian leader Seyyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei in his younghood autographed to a friend. Born 17 July 1939, he is the Supreme Leader of Iran and the figurative head of the Twelver Shia Marja.
| Mohsen Rezayi as head of IRGC signs an agreement in North Korea. Ali Larijani, Hojjatoleslam Mohammadi Araghi, Ali Aghamohammadi, Alaadin Boroujerdi accompanied him in this trip.Undated probably in 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War.
|| A relief from the Parthian Empire in Izeh of Khuzestan. It shows Noblemen, princes, or courtiers paying alledgence to a Mehrdad 1st (the 6th king of Parthian Dynasty c. 171-137/8 BC) riding a horse, his servant is following him.
|| A portrait of a figure presumed to be Shah Abbas 2 of Safavian Dynasty hunting with an eagle.He personally marched from Isfahan with an army of 40,000 and liberated Kandahar on February 22nd 1649.
|| American solders guarding Opium (puppy) fields Afghanistan 2005. It's been speculated that gangsters who have penetrated within military ranks of occupation forces in Afghanistan are ring-leaders of trafficking narcotics worldwide.
| Bust of Karimkhan Zand, founder of the Zand Dynasty in Shiraz,Also known as the Zandieh dynasty, they ruled southern and central Iran (1750–1794) in the 18th century. Karimkhan was one of Nader Shah's generals but revolted after Adil Shah became king.
|| Augustus of Prima Porta, a famous statue of Roman Emperor Octavius. Ornated on his chest (armor) an officer is receiving a Roman Standard which was lost at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC, from a bearded Parthian after a peace treaty following diplomacy.
|| Pahlavi Prince Mohammad Reza with his future wife Princess Fouziyeh of Egypt and his mother-in-law Nazli on a trip in Egypt. On March 15, 1939 their wedding ceremony took place in Abdin Palace in Cairo.
|| Yasser Arafat visited Tehran in 1979 after the revolution. He was welcomed by top Iranian authorities such as Ebrahim Yazdi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ahmad Khomeini. Israel embassy was closed and Palestine Embassy was inaugurated.
| Hojjatoleslam Ali Khamenei actively participated in the Iran Iraq War. In his memoires, he accounts for a group of 300 gallant Iranians consisting of soldiers, guards and civilians who staged a heroic resistance against Iraqi invasion.
|| Left to right: Iranian political figures Abolhassan Banisadr, Mehdi Bazargan and Ruhollah Khomeini in early 1979. Bazargan was the interim Prime Minister after the Iranian Revolution. Banisadr became the first elected President of the Islamic Republic.
|| Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he was young. He became the sixth Iranian President in 2005 but his 2009 re-election was widely disputed and caused widespread protests domestically and drew significant international criticism.
|| Bust of notable Iranian Poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri He is considered to be one of the five most famous modern Persian poets who have practiced New Poetry (a kind of poetry that often has neither meter nor rhyme).
| Bust of Mirza Taghi Khan Amirkabir, Grand Vezir of Qajar king Naseroddin Shah in Daneshjoo Park of Tehran. He lost his life trying to transform Iranian political, educational, and administrative infrastructure to a modern form despite all difficulties.
|| Tileworks bearing a picture of Ahmad Shah the last king of the Qajar Dynasty in Moghaddam Museum.
|| The Anthropology Museum of Dezful : A man weaving Jajim or Jajem means Thick cloth used as blanket and also a kind of two-sided thin carpet Jajim is woven with tribal colors and fine threads of wool or mixture of silk and wool.
|| A Sassanid Relief in Tang Chogan near Kazeroon shows Coronation of Bahram 1 taking the Diadem from his father Sahpour. Bahram was the fourth Sassanid emperor of the second Persian Empire and succeeded his brother Hormazd 1 (r. 272–273)
| Miran Shah (1366 – 16 April 1408) was a son of Teimur Lang, and a Teimurid (Goorkani) governor during his father's lifetime.Toos, the famous birthplace of Ferdowsi was destroyed by Miran Shah, Painting opaque watercolor and gold on paper (1875 - 1900)
|| Iranian Wrestler and later Actor Fardin won a silver medal during the 1954 Tokyo games.In later years, Mr Fardin ran a bakery shop in Tehran. He died on April 6, 2000. More than 20,000 mourners attended his funeral in Tehran.
|| A Portrait of Safavid king Shah Abbas. Shah Abbas was name of two Safavid Emperors:1- Shah Abbas 1st the Great was the 5th Safavid King (1588-1629) 2- Shah Abbas 2nd was Shah of Iran from 1642 to 1666.
|| Young girls wearing Israel Army Uniforms sporting T-Shirts with a picture of President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on it. Although the two states have been hostile, people of the two countries make overtures to break the ice.
| Achaemenid king Xerxes I (519-465 BC) King of Persia (486 - 465 B.C.) by Sam Rahimi. Aka Khashayarshah he was son of Dariush the Great, he had been governor of Babylon before his succession. He suppressed rebellions in Egypt (484) and Babylonia (482).
|| The Shahanshah of the Achaemenid Empire : Cyrus the Great, Cambyses, Dariush the Great, and Smerdis (Bardia) as perceived by Nurembery Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), a good example of Medieval World Histories.
|| Lady in Persian Red! A woman dressed in an Indian style Saree.Persian red is a deep reddish orange earth or pigment from the Persian Gulf composed of a silicate of iron and alumina, with magnesia. It is also called artificial vermillion.
|| The Family of Dariush before Alexander by Charles Le Brun. Dariush 3rd fled the battle and his family including his mother, wife, two daughters and his 5 year old son became captive. This event marked the end of the Achaemenid Empire.
| Statue of Yaghub Leis Saffar (867-879) in Dezful. He was the founder of the Saffarid dynasty in Sistan who restored some of the most revered Iranian traditions. It was during his rule that Persian was introduced as the official language,
|| Statue of great Iranian scientist, and philosopher Avicenna (Abuali Sina) in Doshanbeh city of Tajikistan.He was born in a small town near Bukhara and died in Hamedan. He was a polymath, physician and philosopher, astronomer, chemist, geologist, ...
|| Iranian Champion Behdad Salimi breaks world record snatch 214kg in Nov, 2011 in Paris. He thus broke the 213kg record belonging to legandary Iranian Hossein Rezazadeh earning the title : Strongest man in the world.
|| Champion Hossein Rezazadeh nicknamed Iranian Hercules held the title of the strongest man in the world with Snatch: 213 kg in Qinhuangdao on September 14, 2003. Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimi broke his record in Nov, 2011 in Paris.
| Safavid king Shah Abbas 1st in a Book by Dominicus Custos, Atrium heroicum, Augsburg 1600-1602. Shah Abbas The Great (January 27, 1571 – January 19, 1629) was generally considered the greatest ruler of the Safavid dynasty.
|| Pahlavi Queen Farah Diba is greeted by Princess Beatrix of Dutch Royal family at the Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol), Netherland, May, 1 1962. Shah and Farah attended the 25th year wedding anniversary of the Dutch Royal family.
|| Mohammad Reza Shah and Queen Farah Diba visited India in 1970 Indira Gandhi Minister of Home Affairs. Indira was the only daughter of Jawaherlaal Nehru. Shah is wearing a military uniform and Farah is wearing a nice summer dress.
|| Iranian Politician Jafar Sharifemami. Grand Master of the Freemasonry Grand Lodge of Iran. He was notorious as one of the most corrupt officials in Shah's regime (nicknamed Mr. 5 Percent). He died on June 16, 1998 in New York City.
| Painting from great Iranian politician and anti-imperialist fighter Mohammad Mosaddegh.Mohammad (May 19, 1882 – March 5, 1967) He was a major figure in modern Iranian history who served as the Prime Minister of Iran.
|| Aref Qazvini born in Qazvin in 1882 was an Iranian poet, lyricist, and musician. He created many political and pro-revolutionary songs during the Constitutional Monarchy Movement. He died in Hamedan in 1934 at the age of 52.
|| Iranian Clerics Bahonar meeting Ayatollah Montazeri. On August, 30 1981, Prime Minister Bahonar and President Rejayi fell martyr after a bomb went off during a security meeting at the Prime Minister office.
|| Iranian Ayatollah Montazeri meets Mohammad Ali Rajayi after the Iranian Revolution. They knew each other from prison during the Pahlavi regime. Rejayi was active in the Freedom Movement, Fadayian Eslam and MKO,before the Iranian Revolution.
| Artistic self portraits from Iranian-American photographer Nazee Abbasi exploring her identity as an Iranian and an American woman. She sometimes feels confused, proud even awkward about how to simply deal with the differences of two parts that make her.
|| Shiraz Asadollah Alam(middle) among important people of Fars Province.According to the source, 3 people in this photo(Naser Taheri, Hossein Gholi Rostam, Habibollah Shahbazi) were briefly executed after this meeting.
|| After disputed presidential elections of 2009, demonstrations erupted around Iran. On June 20, 2009 Neda Aghasoltan, 26 became one victim of the violence that followed and her martyrdom became the most widely witnessed death in human history.
|| First elected Iranian President Abolhasan Banisadr siiting by famous Italian reporter Oriana Fallaci in 1979 after the Iranian Revolution. Banisadr soon fell out with Khomeini and disappointed his supporters by fleeing to France on 28 July 1981.
| Kurdish teenage Girls in their traditional dress in Mahabad c.1941. Mahabad is famous for natural beauties and stylish hand made carpets.Mahabad may mean the city of the moon while Mehabad may refer to place of the nobles.
|| A painting from Qajar Crown Prince Abbas Mirza holding a sword: He was a gallant and restless fighter with a vision to modernize the Iranian army but his life was short and he died a year before his father Fathali Shah.
|| Pahlavi era politician Hasanali Mansour before becoming Prime Minister in 1963. He represented a young generation of Iranian burocrats that paved the way for substantial economic growth. Hoveida continued his path after his assassination in Jan, 1965.
|| Tehran's Firooz Bahram high school graduates in 1937: Shapur Reporter and his brother, alongside Ezzatollah Minbashian, Javad Mansour, and Hasanali Mansour who became Prime Minister from 1963 until he was shot to death in 1965 by Fadayian Eslam.
| Iranian Soccer star Ali Daei is the world's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches with 109 goals. In 1994 Daiee joined one of country's premier squads, Persepolis F.C. and in 1996 joined the Bundesliga with his team-mate Karim Bagheri.
|| Iranian revolution key political figues Ayatollah Taleghani, Ayatollah Beheshti, Hojjatoleslam Rafsanjani, and Abolhasan Banisadr taking a souvenir photo while Shah's statue is being tore down in the background in a square in Tehran, 1979.
|| Hojjatoleslam Khamenei smoking his pipe in public a couple of years before becoming Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader of Velayat Faghih. Other Iranian political figues in this photo are Ayatolllah Beheshti and Rafsanjani.
|| Askar Khan Afshar was a Persian ambassador who was sent to Paris, during the period of the Franco-Persian alliance (Qajar Dynasty). He arrived in Paris on 20 July 1808 and was able to meet Napoleon on 4 September 1808 at Château de Saint-Cloud.
| Portrait of Safavid Ambassador to France, Mohammad Reza Bey: during the reign of Louis XIV. Oil painting on paperboard by Antoine Coypel (1661–1722) He fell in love with a 17 year old girl, leaves her pregnant and his mission turned into a scandal.
|| Portrait of French Jean-Baptiste Tavernier by Nicolas de Largillière in Safavid attire.Tavernier was a French traveller who traded with Iran. His first travel to Persia (1631-33) was followed by his second trip in 1638.
|| Movie poster About Elly starring Iranian Actress Golshifteh Farahani makes her debut in French theatres, drawing attention of film critics, opening the doors for the talented actress to seek international opportunities.
|| Shah Ismail Safavi's Statue in Baku. The Azerbaijan Republic is capitalizing on many of its historical and cultural icons of Iranian origin such as kings, poets, etc thus becoming a top tourist attraction providing many options not available in Iran.
| Nezami Statue of famous Iranian poet Nezami Ganjavi in Baku city of Azerbaijan Republic.Baku is believed to be derived from the old Persian Bad Koobeh, meaning "Wind-pounded city", thus referring to a place where wind is strong and pounding.
|| A Lady and her Bicycle in Rasht in 1950s.Rasht is situated on a branch of the Sefidrood River south of the Caspian Sea. Its importance as the main city of the Guilan region dates from Russia's expansion southward in the 17th century.
|| Iranian nuclear scientist Fereydoun Abbasi is addressing IAEA in Geneva in Sep, 2011. On Nov 29, 2010, he was injured in a terror attempt while he drove to work.He was appointed as Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on February 13, 2011.
|| Iran's handsome President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during UN session in New York in September 2011. As he was logically debating the 9/11 conspiracy and Israel's legitimacy, western countries walked out in shame and disgrace.
| Qajar she-Musicians: Motreb was a term which was low in social status. In this situation music lovers had a difficulty to perform and not be repulsive, specially it took lots of courage for females in a male dominated society like Iran.
|| Iranian Politician Mohammad Mosaddegh (born 16 June 1882, Tehran, died March 8, 1967) Writing, wearing a nice suit and tie. The photo is signed by him to a representative of Majlis. He was the leader of Nationalization of Oil.
|| Qajar king Naseroddin Shah in Uniform in his 50s.Naseroddin Shah liked photography and was photographed hundreds of times. He granted a series of concessionary rights to foreigners in return for large payments that went into his own pockets.
|| Young Queen Elizabeth of England is wearing a Kiani Crown; Derafsh Kaviani is clearly visible on top of her diadem adourn with diamonds. The queen inherited the King George IV State Diadem in 1952 on the death of her father.
| Iranian Lady Dr. Shahla Solhju, one of Iran's very first female professional astronomers, first Co-Director of Abu Reihan Observatory at Pahlavi (Shiraz) University one of the major universities of Iran.
|| Hoveida was an Iranian economist and politician who served as Prime Minister of Iran from January 27, 1965 to August 7, 1977. He was prime minister for 13 years and is the longest serving prime minister in Iran's history.
|| After the death of Javidan, Iranian national hero Babak Khorramdin became the leader of Javidanian or Khorramian sect and staged an uprising against Abbasi Caliphs in 816 AD. Babak was betrayed by Afshin who handed him to the Abbasi Caliph.
|| Persian Prophet Zoroaster:He was a priest in his tribal religion, with which he eventually became disillusioned. Having received a vision, he began teaching that Ahura Mazda was the only God and alone was worthy of worship.
| A portrait of the Safavid king Shah Abbas the Great in a European style hat with a moustache. The greatest of the Safavid monarchs came to power in 1587 at the age 16 following the forced abdication of his father, Shah Muhammad Khodabandeh.
|| Embossed figure of Elamite Queen Untash Napirisha (1300-1340 BC) found in Susa and smuggled to France. The lady seems to have a fish tail and holding two snakes in her hands. Above her, a row of nuns is seen at the temple.
|| Illustration of Persian Warrior Afshar king Nader Shah on Horse back by Jonas Hanway from his book Reliable history. Nader was a galant restless fighter who inspired many writers and shaped the history of Persia by defeating invaders.
|| Hollywood superstar Elizabeth Taylor was invited on Iran Air's inaugural nonstop flight from New York to Tehran and visited touristic attractions such as ruins of Achaemenid city of Perspolis in 1976.
| Hollywood superstar Elizabeth Taylor in 1976 on a visit to Iran on board Iran Air's non-stop flight from New York to Tehran. Her photographs wearing casual clothes in Iran opened a new way of expressing her as a beauty icon.
|| Beautiful Pahlavi Queen Farah Diba in her royal golden gawn wearing a Tiara full of diamonds with matching neclace, and earings. Farah is the last Queen of Iran and third wife of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi living in exile since 1979.
|| Zoroaster in USA! Life size marble statue of Zoroaster by Edward C Potter (1857-1923) on the cornice of New York Appellate Court Building in Madison Square Park representing Persian Law since 1950.
|| Iranian Clergy Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, from a reputable family has been a long term political prisoner for protesting and objection against violation of basic human rights and his secular views of Islam.
| Jalaladdin Kharazmshah, the last ruler of the Kharazmian Dynasty on Coin from Uzbekistan.Jalaladdin Kharazmshah was a very brave and restless fighter who has been praised by Iranian, Turkish and Arab historians for his resistance against Mongol invasion.
|| Pahlavi Mohammad Reza Shah and Queen Farah Diba smile at cameras while departing the US in 1977 from an American air force base in Maryland at the time when Anti-Shah sentiments were growing in Iran and President Carter somehow dumped the despot.
|| Young and beautiful Iranian poet and female activist Hila Sedighi. Her poems depict pain and suffering of Iranians, specially women and rights activists sharing the same faith: getting prison terms for basic rights as experiencing freedom of expression.
|| Painting shows Teimur Lang imprisoned Ottoman Sultan Bayazid. Teimur is the standing figure. He was lame, and is seen walking with a cane. He is also armed with a sword. Bayazid became POW during the Battle of Ankara and died one year later.
| Cairo Dec, 2009: Iranian Politician Ali Larijani as head of the parliament meets President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. Good times for dictator ended finally: Mubarak, accused of corruption and involvement in killing protesters, went on trial on ug, 3, 2011.
|| Ahmad Shah was 17 when he married Badrolmolook (13 years old daughter of Zahirossoltan). In this photo Irandokht, his eldest daughter is seen in her middle ages. Irandokht was born on Nov, 17, 1915. Other children were Homayoondokht and Fereydoon.
|| Qajar court lady Ziaossaltaneh, one of Fathali Shah daughters from his 39th wife Mariam who was originally Jewish and converted to Islam after marriage. AKA Shah Beygom Khanom, she did not marry until his father's death,
|| Babak Khorramdin leaded one of the first successful uprisings against the Caliph assimilation. His Statue is erected in several cities in the Azarbaijan Republic. Meanwhile in Iran, pan-Arab zealots are destroying Iranian national symbols.
| Kiani Prince Siavash son of king Kavus, raised by Rostam of Shahnameh passing through fire to prove his innocence. Queen Soodabeh fell in love with his step-son and conspired against him. An old belief states that fire does not harm the pure ones.
|| Iranian politican Mehdi Bazargan spending last days of his life in Nov, 1994. He was the interim Prime Minister after the Pahlavi dynasty was toppled but his liberal party soon fell at odds with the totalitarian clerics and was banned.
|| Qajar royal Lady Fakhrossaltaneh and her Daughter Nayyer. The photograph has a sailing boat as the background theme.
|| Iranian Female Student Activist Shiva Nazar Ahari. She is the 2011 recipient of the Theodor Haecker prize for courageous internet reporting on human rights violations.
| Statue of Achaemenid Commander Ario Barzan on horse in a square in his name in the city of Yasuj. He was admired even by his invading enemy for bravery and resistence against the Macedonian army at the Persian Gate in 330 B.C.
|| Iranian Political Female Activist Haleh Sahabi was an Iranian humanitarian and democracy activist., daughter of former Iranian MP and veteran opposition figure Ezzatollah Sahabi, She died mysteriously during her father's funeral.
|| Iranian Political Activist Hoda Saber ® with the late Ezatollah Sahabi. Saber went on a hunger strike in Evin prison on June, 2, 2011 and died of a heart attack at Modarres Hospital on 10 June 2011, aged 52.
|| Iranian Female Student Activist Bahareh Hedayat, a campaigner for women's rights.She was arrested several times and in 2010 she was sentenced to nine and a half years for anti-regime propaganda.
| Qajar,king Mozaffaroddin Shah and his son Prince Mohammad Ali Mirza (probably) Mozaffaroddin Shah is credited with creation of Iranian constitution, 10 days after signing the Constitutional Monarchy into law , he died because of poor health.
|| Pahlavi era Politician Dr. Hossein Fatemi smiles as Iran's youngest Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a close friend of Dr.Mosaddegh. Fatemi became martyr by firing squad on Nov, 10 1954 in Tehran, after the CIA backed coup on Aug, 19, 1953.
|| Pahlavi era famous Iranian politician Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh in Hospital visited by Dr. Hossein Fatemi, Minister of Foreign Affairs. A close associate of Mosaddegh, Fatemi proposed Nationalization of Oil and gas assets.
|| Iranian Politician Mohammad Mosaddegh at the military junta court after the CIA backed coup of 1953 that disrupted Iran's democratic course forever. He was convicted of treason and spent three years in prison and the rest of his life under house arrest.
| Abolhasan Ebtehaj, Governor of the National Bank of Iran, from Tehran and Alexander Argyropulos who represents the Greek government arrive at LaGuardia field, New York, on June 21, 1944 to attend United Nations Monetary Conference.
|| Beautiful Pahlavi Queen Farah Diba and French President Charles De Gaulle on her state visit to Paris in 1961. French President pays a visit back in 1963 to inaugurate the new building of the French Razi school where Farah was also educated.
|| French President Charles De Gaulle on a state visit to Tehran in 1963 meets Mohammad Reza Shah. The French president had once visited Tehran in 1945 during Morteza Gholi Bayat administration.
|| AKA Yefrem Khan (1868-1912) was an Armenian revolutionary leader and national hero of Iran. He was born to an Armenian family in the village of Barsum located in Ganjeh (Elisabethpol) in present-day Azerbaijan.
| A Qajar era post card with the photo of a beautiful Armenian Girl on it from Jolfa-Isfahan. The stamp carries Naseroddin Shah's photo dated 1896.Jolfa is the Armenian quarter of Isfahan, Iran, located along the south bank of the river Zayandeh Rood.
|| Group of Armenian Women in Qajar era. Iranian people have had tolerance towards all faiths despite exceptions. Qajars first settled during the Mongol period in the vicinity of Armenia and were among the seven Kizilbash tribes that supported the Safavids.
|| Statue of Yaghub Saffar (Leis), founder of the Saffarian dynasty in Dezful. The Saffarian or the Saffarid dynasty were Persians ruling in Sistan (861-1003) They gave great care to the Persian culture and under their rule Persian literature was revived.
|| the Assassin of the Qajar king Naseroddin Shah, Mirza Reza Kermani in chains in 1896.After months of interrogation, Kermani was executed on August 10, 1896.It marked a turning point in Iranian Constitutional Revolution.
| A portrait of Nader Shah Afshar by Bahram Naghash-Bashi. A horse and the mountains are visible in the back.Nader Shah was born in Dastgerd into a clan of the Afshars, a semi-nomadic Qizilbash tribe in Khorasan.
|| Pahlavi era politician, Prime Minister Ebrahim Hakimi shakes hands with Mohammad Reza Shah during a greeting ceremony. Three times Iranian Prime Minister of Iran, Hakimi was born in Tabriz in 1871 and became a medical doctor in France.
|| Mohsen Sadr received his title Sadrolashraf after the death of his paternal uncle Seyyed Sadrodin, who had been the son-in-law of the very influential courtier Anoushirvan (Shir) Khan Qajar Qovanlou Ein olmolk, Etezadoddoleh (a cousin of Naseroddin Shah).
|| IRI Ayatollah Seyed Javad Khamenei Father of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei
| Qajar king Mozaffaroddin Shah in official attire with his famous moustache. The Lion & Sun on his hat looks different from the usual emblem of the royal Persia.He was the son of Naseroddin Shah and Shokouhossaltaneh and succeeded his father in 1896.
|| The kids in this picture who are forced to child labor are the signs of shame for any ignorant society. Some of these children come from neighboring countries, others are orphans or are sold by their parents. They live and work under extreme conditions.
|| Founder of Afsharid dynasty Nader Shah (center) is amalgamated with some of the later Mughals; a steel engraving from the 1790s, with modern hand coloring. Nader's conquest of India began when Mughul Emperor for nurturing Hotaki fugitives.
|| A painting from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward Fitzgerald shows an old man with a long white beard and Persian headdress reads by the light of a large candle by Adelaide Hanscom and Blanche Cumming.
| Pahlavi Queen Sorayya staring in a 1965 Italian Movie : Three Faces Of A Woman (I tre volti) Directors:Michelangelo Antonioni, Mauro Bolognini. The movie presents a view of Soraya on the night of her screen test for this picture.
|| Town Hall Seattle presented the Azadeh Ensemble, four outstanding virtuoso Iranian women musicians who formed in summer, 2009 in response to the political events in Iran, and the prominent role women have played within it.
|| Embossed figure of the Sassanid grand Priest Kartir Naghsherajab inscription stating his faith and devotion to the sassanian kings in Fars Province.Kartir ruthlessly used to promote his own position and to punish lower-ranking priests.
|| Iranian demonstrator Ali Hasanpour was among those falling Martyr during post-Election demonstrations on June, 15, 2009. Several people were killed and wounded by plaincloth militia who were never arrested or persecuted.
| Pahlavi Queen Farah Diba is greeted by a group of Mullahs (Shiite clerics) Nakhai Kissing, one of Boka brothers waiting to shake her Hand, and the other one with tiger paw. The fourth one (Nezamshekan) probably wrote a poem in admiration of the Empress.
|| Prince Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in a Soccer (football) team in Switzerland. At the age of 11 he was sent to Institut Le Rosey, a Swiss boarding school for further studies to be the first crown prince in-line to be sent abroad.
|| Mohammad Reza Shah confers with US president Jimmy Carter, and the last US ambassador to Tehran William Sullivan in 1978. Just a few months after this meeting, Shah fled to Egypt in Jan, 1979 and the Pahlavi regime collapsed.
|| Iranian Poet Nima Yushij. Real name: Ali Esfandiari was a contemporary Persian poet who started the sher-e-no (new poetry) style as a trend in Iran. He is considered as the father of modern Persian poetry.
| Mohammad Reza Shah and his wife Farah Diba meet Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow in 1965. Relations between Russia and Iran started in 1592, with the Safavids in power. Since then, mutual relations has not been in Iran's best benefit.
|| Second Pahlavi king, Young Mohammad Reza Shah, the last shah of Iran (1941-79), soon after his accession to the throne at the age of 21. After abdication of his father Reza Shah by invading Allied Powers in 1941 he became the puppet king.
|| Earliest Christian mosaics showing a combination of Sol Invictus (Sol Invictus was the official sun god of the later Roman empire copied from Iranian Mithraism) and Christ of the Second Coming. Christmas is thus just Yalda miscalculated.
|| Gilan/Talesh a Statue of Rostam Charmineh, the Iranian general riding a Chariot at the battle of Chaldoran which took place on Aug, 23, 1514. The site of the Chaldoran battlefield is near Jala Ashaqi village, 6 km west of Siyah Cheshmeh, south of Maku.
| Two Women from the Iranian Ghashghayi Ashayer(Tribe) as engaged in producing a Carpet.The Ghashghayi are famous for carpets, kilims and other woven wool products. They are sometimes referred to as Shiraz as Shiraz is the primary marketplace.
|| Inside a Ghashghayi Ashayer Tribal Tent. Women are busy weaving Carpets while a young man I s playing Music.Ghashghayi people, famous for their magnificent pile carpets, originate from several ancient Iranian tribes living mostly in Fars province.
|| Iranian Poet Hafez Shirazi was a revered master of Persian poetry with his famous masterpiece Divan which has been part of Iranian lifestyle for since 1300s. He perfected ghazal as a verse form of 6-15 couplets linked by unity of subject and symbolism.
|| A statue of the Iranian scientist Birouni inside a Pool at the Laleh (Tulip) Park of Tehran. Born Sep, 5, 973 in Kath, Kharazmand died Dec, 13 1048 in Ghazneh , known as Alberonius in Latin, was a Persian Muslim scholar and polymath of the 11th century.
| Statue of the Qajar despot Naseroddin Shah riding a horse in the middle of Bagheshah (King Garden) in Tehran. Long time emblem of the Iranian Imperial government Lion & Sun is visible on the base of the statue whose faith is unclear.
|| Qajar king Mozaffaroddin Shah on trip to Europe; He was the Fifth Qajar King (March, 24, 1853 - Jan, 7, 1907) born in Tehran as Mozaffar Mirza was the son of Naseroddin Shah and Shokouhossaltaneh.
|| Presidential Elections had a comparatively high turnout in 2009. Second term presodent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds up his birth certificate after casting his vote. However post-election fraud accusations pushed Iran into a turmoil.
|| Contemporary Iranian Musician Golnaz Jamshidi performing with Santour in Nariman Ensemble classical Iranian music group. Santour is an traditional Iranian music instrument whose origins date back to 3500 years ago.
| Qajar era Bahai Prisoners in chain circa 1896. The Bahá’í Faith has been persecuted in Iran since its founding in the mid-1800s. Early followers faced violent opposition from both the Islamic religious authorities and succeeding dynasties.
|| Iranian Poet, Seyed Mohammad Hossein Behjat Tabrizi AKA Shahriar was born in Tabriz. He wrote both in Azari and Persian. His date of death is named the "national day of poem" in Iran.
|| Famous Iranian Poet Ahmad Shamlou passed away 10 years ago. He was a phenomenon in contemporary Persian poetry. Shamlou's poetry is complex, yet his imagery, which contributes significantly to the intensity of his poems, is simple.
|| Iranian Musician, composer and Santour Master Ostad Payvar. His father, Ali Payvar was a painter and French instructor at the Tehran University, while his grandfather Mosavvaroddoleh was a painter of the Qajar era.
| Famous Iranian Artist Morteza Katouzian working; according to the official statistics his exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Arts in 1979 had 20,000 visitors making them one of the most visited exhibitions in the history of art in Iran.
|| Tehran Radio Station in Arg Square LTR: Marziyeh Morteza Mahjubi Adib Khansari in 1972.Most Iranian classical singers of the twentieth century, such as Marziyeh, Golpa, Shajarian, Nahid, Ellaheh, Parvin, Iraj, and Sima Bina, made their debut here.
|| Qajar politician Hasan Vosooghoddoleh, 3 times Prime Minister of Iran is seen with a moustache and papillon. He was bribed by the British to sign the infamous agreement of 1919, thus when he was dismissed from duty by Reza Shah, he went to Europe.
|| Hellenistic-era depiction of Parthian king Bahram (or Farhad) like Hercules carved in 153 B.C. The Parthian empire included the area between the Euphrates and Indus rivers and between the Amu Darya and the Persian Gulf.
| Qajar era Constitutional Monarchy supporter Ayatollah Behbahani is holding the holy Quran over his head during the Qadr Night religious ceremonies.
|| Ardeshir Reporter the British spy who infiltrated many ranks during the Constitutional Monarchy Movement is seen with Zoroastrian Leaders in Jamshidiyeh Park (Bagh-e-Arbab Jamshid)
|| The Statue of Ferdowsi, the great Iranian poet in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, third university in Iran. Ferdowsi's materpiece, Shahnameh is an Epic of Kiani Kings since Kiomars (Giomarta in Avesta), first human to be created by Ahouramazda.
|| Qajar Sharafoddoleh was the representative of Tabriz in first Majlis term from Tabriz during the Constitutional Monarchy Movement. Full name :Mirza Ebrahim Khan Kalantari Baghmisheh (b. 1856, died March, 23, 1932)
| Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Nuclear installations in Natanz, 322 km south of Tehran, on Apr, 8, 2008. The Western media often spread provocative information about Iran's nuclear program which usually turn out to be baseless.
|| Mirhossein Mousavi shows his finger after voting during the presidential Elections in 2009. His wife Zahra Rahnavard was active in his campaign. Protests that erupted after accusations of fraud led to a crackdown on dissidents and media blackout.
|| Children of the last Qajar king : Ahmad Shah 1. Princess Maryamdokht (1915 -10 November 2005) 2. Princess Irandokht (1916–1984) 3. Princess Homayoundokht (1917-) 4. Prince Fereydoun Mirza (1922 -24 September 1975)
|| Shaban Jafari (bimokh) heading the mob that disrupted the democratic course of the Iranian history toppling Dr. Mosaddegh's regime with a CIA/MI6 backed Coup in 1953 that brough back dictator Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.
| The last Qajar king Ahmad Shah is wearing an european style jacket and tie and a hat. It is interesting to know that one of the four speakers in the Majlis against the motion to depose Ahmad Shah was Mossadegh,
|| Qajar Prince Ahmad Mirza, last Shah of Qajar dynasty in 1908 in a garden in Tehran. The reverse stamp on this postcard, as the sad look in this kids eyes who is holding on to a cane make this photo very precious.
|| Eleven year old Qajar Prince Ahmad Mirza Shah. Ahmad Shah succeeded his father Mohammad Ali Shah to the throne after he sought refugee at the Russian embassy on July, 16, 1909; to become the last Qajar ruler of Iran.
|| Indian Embassy in Tehran : Indian Ambassador Dr. Tara Chand accompanies Prime Minister Hossein Ala. There is a map of India and the figure of Mahatma Gandhi on the right
| Pahlavi Mohammad Reza Shah and Queen Sorayya are greeted by a senior Sikh member of the Indian community.
|| Pahlavi Reza Shah takes Oath during a Ceremony Majlis Moassesan (Founders Parliament). The Constitutional Monarchy obliged the king to take his power from the parliament, however Reza Shah took the path to become a despot.
|| Engagement ceremony in Egypt. LTR: Princess Fouziyeh (Fawzia) ,Reza Shah Pahlavi, Egyptian Queen Nazli (Fouziyeh's mother) Prince Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. By this marriage Reza Shah planned to inject some royal blood for his son's legitimacy.
|| Late Qajar era Musicians : Hesamossaltaneh Orchestra
| Mostafa Chamran, a prominent Iranian Military figures during the first years of the Islamic Revolution in terrain Vehicle.
|| Bodies of Pahlavi officials whose brief Execution took place on the roof of the Refah school; temporary residence of Imam Khomeini after arriving in Iran in 1979.
|| Legendary Kiani Hero Arash the Archer in Saadabad complex of Tehran. The amazing figures that decorated the Iranian history of bravery and manhood are intensively becoming themes of movies, 3D games, digital arts and animations.
|| Posters on sale in a street exhibition in Lahijan Nov, 2010. Islamic Saints, shiite Imams such as Imam Ali, Imam Hossein and Abolfazl are the most popular items alongside Quranic verses.
| Qajar era Activist and newspaper writer Sedigheh Dolatabadi, was an important figure during the Constitutional Monarchy movement.
|| A photo-like paiting from a Qajar Prince, most probably Naseroddin Shah Zel-ol-soltan in Hungarian uniform.
|| Qajar era Persian Darvish in a marketplace in Georgia. Darvish is a Muslim member of a Sufi fraternity, sometimes wandering around barefoot with no wealth.
|| Qajar Women rights Activists during the Constitutional Monarchy movement. A group of women formed the Association of Patriotic Women (Jamaat Nesvan-e Vatan-Khah)
| Photo of the Iranian dissident and Activist Parvaneh Eskandari Forouhar (RIP) who was brutally assassinated in her house with her husband Dariush Forouhar on Nov, 22, 1988 as part of chain murders to suppress voices of dissent.
|| An attire belonging to Qajar grand vezir Amirkabir on display at the Museum of national Jewels. Mirza Taqi Farahani was born in 1807 in Farahan, Iran, entitled Ataback-e Azam (The Chief Minister), Amir Nezaam (The Prince of the State), and Amir Kabir.
|| A Qajar Prince, most probably Ahmad Shah is sitting in the middle of Qajar Harem Ladies. The photograph is possibly taken in Golestan Palace which was the residence of the Qajar royal family.
|| Young Lotfali Khan, the last Zand king was not capable of fighting against Agha Mohammad Khan. After he was betrayed in Shiraz, he took refuge in Bushehr. He resisted desperately in a losing battle against the Qajar army until he captured Kerman in 1794.
| A giant poster of Martyr Bahonar who was Prime Minister covers 5 floors of the Tajrish Parking. The sign of the City Bank may not be an immediate alternative for the Citibank but may ring a bell.
|| Qajar Persian Ambassador to US, Mirza Gholikhan and his Wife holding some papers and documents in front of the staircase of some building. MIRZA ALI Gholi Khan was CHARGE d'affair OF PERSIA.
|| Pahlavi Prime Minister, Amirabbas Hoveida is driving a Peykan, a domestic car. On November 7, 1978, Hoveida was arrested by order of Mohammad Reza Shah and was executed shortly after the Islamic Revolution in April, 1979.
|| Amirabbas Hoveida is kissing the hands of Pahlavi dictator Mohammad Reza Shah. Hoveida, who served as the Prime Minister of Iran from 1965 to 1977, was often called a Bahai and was put in prison during the late days of the Pahlavi regime.
| Qajar Women in their Traditional Dress covering their hejab with chador. Hijab refers to both the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Muslim styles of dress in general.
|| Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi gets off a Plane after the Coup of 1953. He had fled the country in a small plane with his wife Sorayya. CIA and MI6 re-installed the dictator and toppled the democratic regime of Dr. Mosaddegh during operation TP-AJAX.
|| Once upon a time, America! A hand-made Carpet woven by artists in Tabriz with the portrait of Howard Baskerville on it. He was an American teacher on Presbyterian mission in Tabriz, who died fighting in the rows of Constitutional Monarchy Movement.
|| Qajar Ardeshir Reporter (L) Malekolmotekallemin. Ardeshir Reporter was part of the British Intelligence service that infiltrated Iran's political ranks in order to run covert actions.They played a role in misleading the Constitutional Monarchy Movement.
| Samad Behrangi (June 24, 1939 - August 31, 1967) was an Iranian teacher, social critic, folklorist, translator, and writer.Behrangi drowned in the Aras river and his death was blamed on the Pahlavi regime
|| A Stamp from the republic of Nigeria featuring the American Idol Elvis Presley on display at Tehran ICT Museum. Music and postal services are among things that do not know borders and barriers,
|| Martyr Reza Naderi one of several civilian volunteers of Basij that fell martyr during the Iran Iraq War. The Mersad Operation was conducted by MKO terrorist group encamped in Iraq, after Iran accepted the ceasefire in 1988.
|| Kissing hands of the dictator! Dr. Mostafa Mesbahzadeh, the owner of the Kayhan Newspaper is kissing Mohammad Reza Shah's hand during Norooz Greetings. Farah Diba is wearing a beautiful gown and a tiara.
| Young Qajar king Ahmad Shah fully Decorated with a sword, medallions, and jewels in a uniform. This is a very good example of a development in photography in Iran. The light and contrast are perfect and every detail is well captured.
|| German Dr Hjalmar Schacht served as the Currency Commissioner and President of the Reichsbank under the Weimar Republic. He travelled twice to Iran as an economic advisor and proposed his famous economic plan without petroleum.
|| Seyyed Ziaoddin Tabatabaee (1888 - Aug, 29, 1969) was an Iranian politician and the Prime Minister of Iran from February to May 1921 under Ahmad Shah, the last Shah of the Qajar dynasty.
|| Qajar Mohammad Vali Khan Sepahdar Azam Tonekaboni is seen in all his glory in Uniforms. He was an influential Iranian politician, five times Prime Minister.
| Mirza Kouchak Khan Jangali, the leader of the Jungle Movement of Gilan near his Kasma headquarters.The Jungle movement was a rebellion against the Qajar rule as an extension of Constitutional Monarchy Revolution from 1914 to 1921.
|| From the Qajar royal family: Princess Ezzatossaltaneh, the daughter of Mozaffaroddin Shah and grand-daughter of Amirkabir who married Prince Abdolhossein Mirza Farmanfarma. In this photo, she is wearing a long dress and headscarf standing by a clock.
|| Tehran, Dec, 1953; Vice President of the US, Richard Nixon is greeted by Fazlollah Zahedi after the Operation TP-AJAX, a coup that toppled Dr. Mosaddegh's popular government. Zahedi was installed as the military junta Prime Minister.
|| The statue of Mansour Hallaj in Shiraz wax Museum Samanid era Sufi poet and preacher fell at odds with mainstream clerics soon after he started asking for reforms. His famous verse means with my death, I'll revive.
| A remarkable statue of Arash Kamangir(Archer) Legendary Hero of Ancient Persia in a park in Izeh. The story of Arash has been mentioned in Avesta and three times in Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. In a war with enemy, Arash is asked to throw a bow and end the war.
|| Qajar Lady Anisoddoleh Naseroddin Shah Wife. Anisoddoleh was the favorite of the Harem of 1000 women. She's is wearing a European dress called deux-piece with a jacket and a long skirt. A purse hanging from her shoulder and high heels complete her attire.
|| Tehran governor during Mozaffaroddin Shah's reign: Prince Abdolmajid Mirza Qajar with royal title: Einoddoleh (The eye of the state) in Uniforms full of medallions and jewelry with a Sword adorn with jewels. His outstanding Moustache is very noticeable.
|| Pahlavi Queen Fouziye, Shah's first wife got divorce in 1945. In this photograph signed to Ardeshir, Fouziye is wearing a long dark gown and a tiara with precious earings and necklace. Fouziye had pale blue eyes not getting along with Mohammad Reza Shah
| Pahlavi General Fazlollah Zahedi who was dismissed by Mosaddegh. He became a traitor to his country by taking orders from American generals and leading the operation TP-Ajax, a coup against democratic regime of Mosaddegh.
|| Qajar Reza Gholi Khan, Mohammad Ali Shah's chamberlaine is seen with Sheikh Khazal, the local Khuzestan governor. Under the Qajar rule, central government did not have a powerful authority on different provinces which were ruled by tax farmers.
|| Qajar diplomats Musa Nuri-esfandiari (Iran’s Ambassador to Berlin), Hossein Esfandiari AKA Mohtashamossaltaneh Majlis Speaker meet with Adof Hitler in Berlin in 1937. Mohtashamossaltaneh was on the way to attend coronation of George VI of England
|| Abdolmalek Rigi leader of Jondollah terrorist group: On Feb, 23, 2010, on board a plane from Dubai en route to Bishkek to meet a high ranking American offcial in US Manas air base, the flight was intercepted and the fugitive was taken into custody.
| Young Qajar king Ahmad Shah standing in Uniforms. He's holding on to a sword adorn with jewels. A medallion is on his chest and a light hat with feathers on top which was used instead of the 2.5kg Kiani Crown is seen on his head.
|| Hamedan: A statue of Abu Ali Sina (Avicenna), the great Iranian philosopher and scientist who is known as the father of modern medicine with his famous book Qanun which introduced scientific medical approaches. His statue stands in front of his mausoleum.
|| A Gold Medallion (Plate) with a painting of the Qajar king Fathali Shah in the middle. For some unknown reason, Shah is quite Bald and is not wearing a crown, nonetheless he has a very long beard and somehow a funny look.
|| Qajar Mohammad Ali Shah in his official costume, military uniform with medallions is holding a sword. Reza Gholi Khan, his chamberlain is standing by his side.
| Clowns of the court of the Qajar king Naseroddin Shah. Abbas Godeh (giant), and famous clown Karim Shireyi (addicted to opium extract) wer in charge of making the Shah and Malijak laugh, and they were to sing songs whenever they were ordered to.
|| Tehran Daneshju Park Dec, 31, 2009: The great Iranian poet Shahriar's Bust made of bronze sitting in front of the Roodaki hall. This not very good-looking item has recently been reported stolen, probably for the value of the metal it contains.
|| A ceremonial gathering in Charmahal Bakhtiyari province which is a live anthropology museum where nomadic tribes defy city life. Bakhtiyari Women in their Traditional colorful dressess dance around a circle per occasion.
|| IRI Doctor Beheshti Smiling. Full name : Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti; he was one of the architects of the Islamic Republic regime in 1979 who was assassinated after a bomb exploded in the headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party on June, 28, 1981.
| One of the first photographs taken by Naseroddin Shah Qajar, was this photograph take from Mahdolia his Mother. Mahdolia was the very person responsible for a conspiracy against he son-in-law Amirkabir which ended with his murder by Naseroddin Shah.
|| An artist rendering of Babek Khorramdin depicts itself as a magnificient Statue in Nakhjevan. It's a nice work although the outfit resembles more like greek armor rather than what Iranian warriors used to wear.
|| Qajar Mohammad Ali Shah wearing a feather hat, medallions and holding on to his sword. No matter how many royal photos he took, he was never accepted as king and became history as a Russian puppet.
|| This picture shows Queen Victoria of England wearing Qajar Naseroddin Shah's Medallion adorn with jewels.The British Order of Garter had been given to Naseroddin Shah by Queen Victoria in 1873.
| Qajar Musicians in a group called Anjoman Okhovvat (Brotherhood Society) The person with the mustache sitting in the middle is Ismail Khan, Kamancheh master.
|| Qajar Naseroddin Shah and his favourite Malijak titled Azizossoltan (Sultan's darling) on the cover of a book. The telegram displayed in the picture is from Shah in a trip asking about well-being of Malijak.
|| A very rare photograph from Kim Roosevelt (Kermit) a spy from American spying agency CIA who masterminded a coup in Tehran in 1953 against the democratic government of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh.
|| First Qajar Interim Government Cabinet of ministers headed by Sepahdar Tonekaboni. There were two son-in-laws of Mozaffaroddin Shah: Farmanfarma and Sanioddoleh among them
| Qajar Majlis First Term Representatives composed of merchants, clerics, and noblemen and trusted people in front of the Sepahsalar Mosque
|| After the Islamic Revolution on March, 4, 1979, Ayatollah Taleghani attends by the Mosaddegh's tomb in Ahmadabad. Mosaddegh died under house arrest in this house after the CIA backed coup in 1953 and buried in the same room.
|| A China Vase bearing a painting from Pahlavi family: Mohammad Reza Shah, Farah Diba and their children on display at Tehran Niyavaran Palace/museum. This item was probably one of several gifts presented to the royal family.
|| India's Prime Minister Javaherlaal Nehru, Queen Sorayya, Mohammad Reza Shah, and Indian President Dr. Rajendra Prasad before their return from an official visit to India.
| A painting from the second Qajar king Fathali Shah wearing the Kiani crown on a jewel box. The Shah is wearing a dress adorn with jewels and the poetry in Persian on his right has flattering words about him.
|| Iran National Football Team 1978: In the group photo, The ads in Persian in the back such as Canada Dry suggest that it is the Azadi (Ariamehr) Stadium,
|| Qajar era Musicians were called Motreb who were bands engaged in several types of entertainment such as; singing, dancing, comedy. Most of the times, the girls in the group were actaully boys dressed as women.
|| Unknown Young Lady in Qajar outfit is sitting on a carpet and leaning on pillows on her back while smoking Hooka which is bad habit inherited from the Qajar era. The decoration shows that it was a rich building belonging to elite or royal people.
| Imam Khomeini during the last days of his life sitting with his son Ahmad Khomeini laughing.
|| Tehran 2010: Celebrating first international Norooz festivities after official recognition at UN on Feb, 23: Presidents of Afghanistan/Karzai, Iraq/Talebani, Turkmenistan/muhamedow,Iran/ Ahmadinejad, Tajikestan/Rahmon attend the event at Saadabad Palace.
|| IRI:Nov, 5, 2009 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei accepts Sheikh Khalifa-bin-Ahmad the Emir of Qatar. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the meeting together with Qatari delegates. Iranian flag Imam Khomeini's photo are part of official decoration.
|| Tehran March, 2010: Haji Firooz in red attire singing and dancing for tips in Dowlat street near gholhak. Haji Firooz is one of the main icons of the Iranian new year (ancient Norooz) which starts on March, 21st at the spring equinox.
| This painting shows the king of Austria Hungary France Joseph wearing a Medallion with a picture of Naseroddin Shah Qajar.
|| A file photo from Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Savak prison. Rafsanjani became a prominent revolutionary figure after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and he survived in the high ranks of IRI.
|| The Head of Mirza Kouchak Khan, the leader of the Jangal movement after being decapitated and sent to Reza Shah.
|| A portratit from famous Iranian Poet Saadi of Shiraz.
| General Oveisi was the head of the military junta during last months of Pahlavi II era.On Feb, 8, 1984 Oveisi and his brother were assassinated in Paris.
|| World War II; Occupation forces: British,Russian,American Commanders celebrating in Qazvin
|| Pahlavi era : Reza Shah listens to a report by his army Commanders. General Zargham. Although he seemed successful in ruling the country with iron feast, his generals betrayed him and the army deserted quickly after the Allied Powers invaded Iran.
|| Mirza Hossein Pirnia a Qajar political figure
| Jan, 8, 1936 : Reza Shah Pahlavi, his wife and daughters attending a feast celebrating ban on Islamic veil. This photograph documents the first time the royal family formally appeared without hijab in public.
|| Qajar princess Ezzatoddoleh, daughter of Mohammad Shah, sister of Naseroddin Shah, wife of Mirza taghi Khan Amirkabir
|| Qajar Queen Tajossaltaneh, one of Naseroddin Shah's wives
|| Qajar nobleman Etesamossaltaneh second from right, a grandson of Naseroddin Shah
| Qajar prince Salaroddoleh in uniform, a son of Mozaffaroddin Shah who fought against Constitutional Monarchy Movement
|| Qajar Mozaffaroddin Shah in a coach, probably on a trip to Europe
|| Qajar Mokhberoddoleh: Aligholi Khan Mokhberoddoleh, one of important political figures (Vezir) during Naseroddin Shah and Mozaffaroddin Shah's reign.
|| Qajar king Mozaffaroddin Shah with a group from royal court in a group photograph inside the Palace garden. The king suffered from Asthma and probably allergic. Doctors suggested fresh air which probably was the reason for his death.
| Young Qajar prince Shoaossaltaneh, was a son of Mozaffaroddin Shah and Mohammad Ali Shah's brother
|| Influential Qajar politican and nobleman Mirza Hossein Khan Sepahsalar
|| Influential Qajar nobleman and politican Mirza Alikhan Aminoddoleh who was the Vezir of Mozaffaroddin Shah
|| Iranian politican Abdohossein Teimurtash in 1907 in Sweden.
| Qajar Street Vendor sells Grocery. Also called Attar, they sold perfumes and medical herbs and they were traditional doctors.
|| Probably the Qajar king Naseroddin Shah felt like master of the world when he had the Golden Globe made of more than 51000 precious jewels under his hand.
|| Afshar king Nader Shah sitting on the Throne with his Sword. A holy light circles around his head.
|| Safavid Shah Ismail : Born into a Shiite family with close ties to the Sufi tradition, he became head of a Shiite military force, the Kizilbash, at the age of 14. He promoted Shiite faith in Iran and helped the country regain its cultural independence.
| Pahlavi era Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh: democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister nationalized Iran's oil industry and was overthrown by a British / CIA backed coup d'etat in 1953.
|| A drawing shows Achaemenid Cyrus The Great taking Babylon
|| Pahlavi Shaban Jafari also known as brainless during a ceremony. He was a mob leader who helped destablize Mosaddegh's democratic government and created fear and terror during Operation TP-AJAX, a CIA/MI6 backed military coup.
|| A rare photo from Queen Sorayya Esfandiari from Bakhtiari tribe, second wife of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
| Qajar Mohammad Ali Shah (Middle) in Exile after being dismissed by Majlis.
|| Qajar Women of the Harem
|| Qajar Boy; A Street Vendor
|| Qajar Majlis (Parliament ) first term Representatives
| Safavid Shah Tahmasp is seen in a Painting at Chelsotoon palace in the historical city of Isfahan.
|| Tehran Esteghlal Soccer Club
|| Team players of Tehran's Perspolis Soccer Club
|| Iranian Girl fans in their red gears and flags supporting Tabriz Soccer Club called Traktor-Sazi sponsored by a tractor manufacturing company in Tabriz.
| Dr. Ali Shariati, one of the masterminds of the Sharia government was a prisoner at the Pahlavi's notorious SAVAK Prison.
|| Young Pahlavi crown prince Mohammad Reza (second left), later Shah attending a school Switzerland
|| Qajar king Mozaffaroddin Shah is sitting in the middle of people from the royal court while leaning on a walking cane. His successor Prince Mohammad Ali Shah is seen in the back
|| Imam Khomeini endorses Ayatollah Khamanei's first IRI Presidential term in 1981
| Reza Shah Pahlavi and a group of officers testing first Iran made Mauser rifles in 1932. the national Lion Sun Sword logo and the phrase : Brno Arms Manufacturing Factory in Persian were inscribed on them
|| A quarter of Iranian Nuclear Scientists are ladies: a paperclip from Pahlavi era says
|| First Iranian female Pilots graduated in Ghalemorghi military airfield. Sassandokht Sassani (L) and Akram Monfared ® Sassani received the title of youngest Iranian female pilot at 20 years of age.
|| A Bust of Omar Khayyam Neishabouri, philosopher, poet, and great scientist of his time in a park in Tehran in 2009. Khayyam invented the Jalali calendar which is the most accurate calendar to date.
| A Bust of Javad Tondgooyan IRI's minister of Oil (Petroleum) during the Iran-Iraq war who was taken into custody by Iraqi forces and later died under torture.
|| IRI leader Ayatollah Khamenei meets Turkish prime minister Rajab Tayeb Erdogan on Oct, 28, 2009.
|| Greeting ceremony at Bagheshah Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar is sitting on the throne: Einoddoleh, Sadroddoleh, Majdoddoleh, Salarossaltaneh, Jalaloddoleh, Ahmad Shah, Naserossaltaneh Diba, Nezamolmolk Khatib are present in uniforms
|| Imam Khomeini is seen at his residence near Paris in France in 1978.
| Ayatollah Khamenei is seen by an F-4 fighter jet at a base of Iran Air Force
|| Queen Farah Diba (R) is seen by Nojian Waterfall in Lorestan province wearing a local (traqditional) dress. Nojian is located 51 SE of Khorramabad. It is 95m high.
|| Pahlavi general Teimur Bakhtiar who was a high ranking military officer in Mohammad Reza Shah's regime. He was assassinated near Baghdad in August, 1970.
|| Pahlavi General Teimur Bakhtiar in uniforms. He was a high ranking military officer in Shah's regime who served as the head of SAVAK, governor of Tehran, and head of Imperial Guards before being dismissed.
| A Portrait of Karimkhan Zand sitting with Sword and dagger adorn with jewels
|| Pahlavi Mohammad Reza Shah, US president John F. Kennedy, his vice president Lyndon Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 4-11-1962
|| RTL: President Jimmy Carter, Mohammad Reza Shah, Rosalynn Carter, Queen Farah Diba Washington-Nov, 15, 1977
|| Mohammad Reza Shah (Pahlavi II) meets with his last Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar's Cabinet of Ministers.
| Qajar Naseroddin Shah hunting in Jajrood accompanied by Saed Homayoon, Zolfaghaq Khan, Mohammad Bagher Khan Etemadossaltaneh, Reza Gholi Tofangdar.
|| IRI Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hasan Nasrollah kisses Ayatollah Khamenei's arm.
|| Iranian political figure Ahmad Khomeini, son of Imam Khomeini launches a Bazooka known as RPG.
|| Pedophile Qajar king Naseroddin Shah seen in uniform with Malijak (second kid from left)
| Painting of Amirkabir at the age of 48 at Malek Museum-Tehran
|| Prominent Iranian political figure Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Taleghani, a member of Freedom Movement who participated in anti-regime activities during Pahlavi regime.
|| A photo from Dr. Beheshti (Seyed Mohammad Hosseini) in SAVAK files during his time in Tehran Prison
|| Tehran Sahebgharaniye Palace Amirkabir Painting
| One of several wives of Naseroddin Shah Qajar: Tajossaltaneh
|| A painting from the founder of Qajar dynasty, Agha Mohammad Khan's younghood
|| Iran Iraq War : a young Boy smiles at camera while holding a Kalashnikov, a photo of Imam Khomeini is attached to his chest.
|| Qajar era : British commander Percy Sykes (L), governor of Fars Abdolhossein Mirza Farmanfarma ® and Ebrahim Khan Qavamolmolk (M)
| Reza Shah Pahlavi (L), his son prince Mohammad Reza (R) and General Zahedi (M) seen while inspecting the army.
|| Qajar nobleman Mirza Alikhan Aminoddoleh was one of the co-signers of the infamous D'Arcy Agreement.
|| IRI- a Frame with Imam Khomeini's photograph stands on the shelf by an antique oil Lamp
|| Painting on the wall from famous Qajar Vezir Mirza Taghi Khan Amirkabir
| Qajar prince Abolfath Mirza Salaroddoleh a Son of Mozaffaroddin Shah
|| Qajar Mullahs Smoking Hooka in the open air, RTL: Sheikh Hadi Karbalayi, Seyed Esmail Rizi, Sheikh Mohammad Taghi Agha Najafi, Haji Agha Nurollah, Seyed Serajeddin Sadr
|| A Qajar Girl in European dress poses with a traditional Musical Instrument
|| Dehkhoda pays a visit to ailing Dr.Mosaddegh
| Pahlavi Mohammad Reza Shah and General Zahedi in charge of the Coup on Aug, 20, 1953
|| Iranian Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf in an undated photo with his Family : Wife Fatemeh, Daughter Homa, Son Meysam
|| World Famous Iranian Poet Ferdowsi Statue in Mashhad-Toos . Ferdowsi is credited with revival of Persian language long after the Arab invasion.The Shahnameh chronicles the legendary history of the pre-Islamic kings of Iran from Keyumars to Yazdegerd III.
|| Pahlavi Prime Minister Dr. Mosaddegh Kissing the hand of Queen Sorayya Esfandiari, Mohammad Reza Shah's second wife
| Qajar Prince Kamran Mirza posing for a photograph in a decorated military uniform
|| School in Khorramshahr , A photo of Imam Khomeini is still hanging on top of a blackboard
|| A Qajar Nobleman and his Family and Children pose for a photograph at the yard. The rich man's smoking hooka is a bad habit of those old times made popular by the Qajar royal court.
|| Qajar Anoushirvan Khan Qajar (Etezadoddoleh) and Mirza Hashem Khan Kashani (Aminoddoleh)
| Sassanid era a drawing from Prophet Mani.Mani believed humans are created as vegetarians and that lust and passion towards women can corrupt a man. Unlike Sufism, Mani preached hard work and his followers were useful members of the society.
|| Qajar era : Imam Khomeini during his Childhood
|| US Minister Louis Farrakhan, The leader of American Muslims in a Sermon 2009. Farrakhan visited Iran in 1996.
|| Last Pahlavi Royal Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar in an interview. Shapour Bakhtiar was assassinated in Paris in 1991. In 2010 a French court ordered the conditional release Tuesday of Ali Vakili Rad, the Iranian agent jailed for the 1991.
| Pahlavi era : Two friends atten Sepahbod Haji Ali Razmara's Funeral 1951. He was assassinated by Khalil Tahmasebi.
|| On December 21, 1953, Mosaddegh was sentenced to death. Later, his sentence was commuted to three years in solitary confinement in a military prison, followed by house arrest in his Ahmadabad residence, until his death, on 5 March 1967.
|| Major Reza Khan after conquering Tehran. He later changed his name to Pahlavi.
|| Qajar Lady in hijab and Skirts: undecided between tradition and fashion. In a trip to Russia, Naseroddin Shah watches ballet girls and likes it. He orders ballet socks to be bought and brings them back probably to fantasize Haram ladies as ballerinas.
| Pahlavi regime's Savak files : Political prisoner Khosrau Golesorkhi March, 28, 1973. Atrocities that a regime does to its own citizens remains as a stain on its forehead forever.
|| Clowns at the Royal Court of Naseroddin Shah Qajar, Famous clown Karim Shireyi in the middle
|| Ayatollah Taleghani takes some rest in Majlis 1980
|| Tehran Shahidi Karroubi Karbaschi 2009
| Tehran Malek Museum Malekolmotekallemin Painting
|| Shiraz Indian Bengali poet, writer, composer, and painter Rabindranath Tagore. He was awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature.
|| Tehran Malek Museum Vosooghoddoleh Painting by Kamalolmolk.
Vosooghoddoleh was the Anglophile prime minister of the Anglo-Persian oil agreement. Hasan Vosooghoddoleh (1873, Tehran - 1950, Tehran) was a Prime Minister of Qajar dynasty in Iran.
|| Ayatollah Montazeri sitting with Mirhossein Mousavi early 1980s
| British George Curzon : One of the masterminds of the 1907 Russian entente.
|| First Iranian female Minister Dr. Farrokhroo Parsay
|| Baghdad Iranian Embassy Jul, 10, 2009: Five Iranian Diplomats who were kidnapped and taken Hostage by U.S. military on Nov, 11, 2007 were finally released.
|| Tehran's Majlis (Parliament) session Approval of prime minister Rejayi cabinet of minister Vote Sep,2, 1980
| Oman's Soltan Qabus arrives in Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Aug, 20, 2009
|| Paris Elysee Palace President Khatami meets with French president Jacques Chirac
|| Tehran Majlis Prime Minister Bahonar Vote for cabinet of ministers Aug, 16, 1961
|| Tehran Child Abuse : A street show of a car passing over a little boy's hand
| Inside the Kashan Feen Hamam (Persian Bath) Amirkabir's murder scene 2008
|| Statue of Persian Deity Anahita riding a chariot in Fouman-Gilan. Chariots figure prominently in Indo-Iranian mythology. Chariots are also important in Hindu and Persion mythologies, in which deities are portrayed as charioteers.
|| Iranian diplomat Abdolhossein Teimurtash and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian Fascist leader, prime minister of Italy (1922-1943)
|| Representative from Parliament (Majlis) eighth term
| Qajar Kurdish girls in their traditional tribal attires
|| Under British command, Parade of Indian Cavalry in Shiraz 1912.
|| Elections 2009: An Iranian girl shows a victory sign. Post-election protests against widespread fraud at polls turned bloody by security forces.
|| Supporting of green movement candidate during 2009 elections and post-election protests.
| An old man points his walking stick to a girl falling during post election protests in 2009
|| A boy is guiding three blind beggers, supposedly Qajar era.
|| A girl makes a victory sign during post election protests against wide-spread fraud allegations.
|| Attempts to incite a green revolution failed after people arrests, imprisonments and intimidation of dissidents. An Iranian girl makes a victory sign during post election unrests 2009
| Parade on the army day on Apr, 18, 2009 at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum. Soldiers forming the Iranian Flag.
|| Parade on the army day on Apr, 18, 2009 at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum
|| Cute! First Iranian cloned goat named Hana born in Isfahan Royan Institute born on April, 16, 2009
|| Charged with espionage, Roxana Saberi one day after her release in 2009
| Mohammad Reza Shah meets President Kennedy, Robert McNamara in White House Washington, Cabinet Room 04-13-1962
|| A female Policewoman is trying to enforce Hijab (Islamic Dress Code) on passing by citizens on streets of Tehran
|| People welcome car carrying Ayatollah Khomeini on Feb, 1, 1979
|| Some soldiers leave their ranks and join people fighting back when army opens fire on protesters killing and wounding several people on Sep, 8, 1978.
| Army opens fire on protesters killing and wounding several people on Sep, 8, 1978
|| People on the streets clash with army opening fire on Sep, 8, 1978 killing and wounding several protesters
|| A Student subject to Falak Punishment in a Qajar School
|| On July, 19, Iran issued postal stamps in memory of the Egyptian Marwa al Sherbini (Marveh Sherbini) AKA the Veil Martyr who was stabbed to death by a racist Russian-born German on July, 1.
| Famous Persian poet Ferdowsi's Statue in his Mausoleum in Toos. also spelled as Firdausi; 940–1020 CE) he was a highly revered Persian poet the author of the Shahnameh (the epic of Kings)
|| Mohamed Reza Shah meets President Truman at the Oval Office Nov, 18, 1949
|| President Truman shaking hands with the Mohammad Reza Shah of Iran at Washington National Airport. 11-16-1949
|| Martyr Hemmat Basij Soldiers of the Iran-Iraq War
| Martyr Bakeri and fellow Basij soldiers Iran-Iraq War
|| Naseroddin Shah Painting. During his visit to the United Kingdom in 1873, Naser al-Din Shah was appointed by Queen Victoria a Knight of the Order of the Garter, the highest English order of chivalry.
|| Hasan Pirnia Moshirolmolk Moshiroddoleh
|| Selling Bread Qajar
| Naseroddin Shah Banknote. He was the first modern Iranian monarch to visit Europe in 1873 and then again in 1878 (when he saw a Royal Navy Fleet Review), and finally in 1889 and was reportedly amazed with the technology he saw there.
|| Mohamedreza Shah, Queen Farah and Prince Reza during Coronation ceremony 1967
|| Ayatollah Kashani visits Dr.Mosaddegh. Kashani's Islamic scholars, as well as the Toodeh Party, proved to be two of Mosaddegh's key political allies, although relations with both were often strained.
|| Iranian soldiers/Sepahe-danesh Training children at schools in villages
| Ayatollah Kashani 1952
|| Soldiers of the Sepahe-danesh in a Training Camp
|| Reza Shah takes oath at the Majlis
|| Reza Pahlavi Diploma 1971
| Girl Soldiers, Sepahe-danesh served in villages training locals
|| Farah Diba Pahlavi 1971
|| Mohamed Reza Shah makes a speech during a visit to US at Washington Airport Nov, 16, 1949
|| Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi posing for a photograph at the Marble Palace
| Mozaffaroddin Shah Qajar Horseback
|| Artist rendering of Nader Shah Afshar by Reza Forouzi
|| Naseroddin Shah standing by a chair. He was in Tabriz when he heard of his father's death in 1848, and he ascended to the Peacock Throne with the help of Amir Kabir.
|| Naseroddin Shah hunting camp with his favourite boy Malijak. Photographer : Antoin Servoguin
| Seyyed Jamaloddin Asadabadi
|| Mohamed Reza Shah Pahlavi, his wife Farah Diba, son Reza, daughter Farahnaz
|| Iran Iraq War Training Soldiers
|| Iran Iraq War Injured Soldiers
| Khamenei War Front Praying
|| Khamenei War Front
|| Anisoddoleh most favorite wife of Naseroddin Shah Qajar
|| Anisoddoleh Fatemeh Wife of Naseroddin Shah
| Aminossoltan/ Mirza Ali Asghar Khan Atabak
|| Sattar Khan in sick bed and Bagher Khan by his side
|| Seyyed Ziaoddin Tabatabaee. Born in Shiraz, Seyyed Zia came to power in a coup d'état with the help of Reza Khan Mirpanj, who later became Reza Shah, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty.
|| Haj Ali-Gholi Khan, aka Sardar As'ad Bakhtiari was an Iranian revolutionary, a leader of Bakhtiari Haft Lang tribe, and one of the primary figures of the Persian Constitutional Revolution whose forces captured Tehran in 1909.
| Every year, near the end of the winter Amoo Norooz or Haji Firooz is seen around Iran dancing and singing with the joy of a new spring.
|| Shirin Ebadi laughing while pointing to a sign calling her a witch with wrong spelling
|| American Morgan Shuster who was employed by Iranian government to modernize tax system.After an American was killed in Tehran by mobs affiliated with Russian or British, he became more active in supporting the Constitutional revolution.
|| 1952 Mosaddegh addresses a crowd of people in front of the Majles. After five days of mass demonstrations on July, 21, 1952 military commanders, ordered their troops back to barracks, and left Tehran in the hands of the protesters.
| French president Chirac greeting Iranian president Khatamai at Elysee palace
|| Napoleon I accepts Persian envoy Mirza Mohammed Reza Qazvini at the Finkenstein Castle, Painting by Francois Mulard at Versailles Museum
|| Bust of the American teacher Howard Baskerville in Tabriz. He joined the Constitutional Revolution.On Apr,19, 1909, he led a contingent of 150 nationalist fighters into battle against the Cossack forces. He was shot to the heart and was killed instantly
|| Men travelling on donkeys approach Tehran's Yusefabad Gate
| 1926: Iranian diplomats arrive in Moscow for discussions
|| Loghman Baba, a 4th century (H.) philosopher. The inscriptions on the mausoleum in Sarakhs belong to 757 (H.L)
|| Famous Persian poet Ferdowsi's Statue in his Mausoleum in Toos. He wrote the The Shahnameh(Epic of Kings), a central importance in Persian culture, regarded as a literary masterpiece, and definitive of ethno-national cultural identity of Iran.
|| Reza Shah in uniform
| Abdolhossein Teimurtash in military uniform
|| A painting shows Shah Tahmasp honoring Homayoon Shah of India in a party. The event actually took place in 1540 when the Indian emperor sought military help from the Safavid court to regain his throne.
|| Coup d'eta Cabinet headed by Seyyed Ziaoddin Tabatabaee. Reza Khan (first left) 1921.Born in Shiraz, Seyyed Zia came to power in a coup d'état with the help of Reza Khan Mirpanj, who later became Reza Shah, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty.
|| Henry Rawlinson British Diplomat, ambassador to Persia 1859-1860
| Mona Mahmoudnejad Bahai Victim
|| Tehran Street Food Vendors 1900s
|| Eleven times Iranian prime minister, Ahmad Qavam AKA Ghavamossaltaneh
|| National Iranian Soccer Football Team 1978
| Undated photo from Queen Sorayya Esfandiari from profile
|| Reza Shah Pahlavi Uniform
|| Deposed Shah and his family. From left to right :Leyla, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Crown Prince Reza, Queen Farah Diba, Shahnaz, Ali Reza. Apicture of Farah when she was younger is hanging on the wall.
|| Ashraf Hall Isfahan : Built from wood during Shah Abbas II's reign, it is located inside the imperial palace.
| A statue of Nader Shah stands on the entrance of his tomb in Mashhad
|| Haji Mirza Aghasi was the grand vezir of Mohammad Shah of Qajar dynasty
|| Mohammad Shah Qajar
|| Young Naseoddin Shah's Portrait in Louvre Museum. He was the first modern Iranian monarch to visit Europe in 1873 and then again in 1878 (when he saw a Royal Navy Fleet Review)
| Mirza Taghi Khan Amirkabir; Naseroddin Shah's Vezir
|| Reza Shah Cabinet Ministers
|| Mirza Hossein Gholikhan, titled Sadrossaltaneh was the first Persian ambassador to New York 1909-1915 seen with his wife. He became famous as Haji Washington after he made headlines by sacrificing a lamb at Waldorf Hotel balcony!
|| Tehran 1907 : Political prisoners during Constitutional Movement in Bagheshah (Shah's garden)
| The bodyguard of Persian Consulate 1910 US
|| Mohammad Khatami attends the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, 2009
|| Ayatollah Khamenei attending a book fair in 2007
|| Old Persian Mullahs: Muslim Priests
| Qajar era : Persian Bazaar workers making traditional Giveh. Giveh is a traditional handwoven soft and light shoe. It's a high quality summer footwear, the material is mostly natural and very comfortable
|| A group of Persian Darvishes. Darvish is a Muslim member of a Sufi fraternity. These mystics stressed emotional aspects of devotion through ecstatic trances, dancing, and whirling. Dervishes can be either resident in the community or be wandering,
|| Rejayi is seen during a mass prayer session with Khatami
|| 1930: Reza Shah visiting Abadan Refinery (BP Archives)
| Trained as an officer, Mohammadreza Shah is in boots firing a rifle
|| Book Cover: Iran and the rise of Reza Shah by Cyrus Ghani: From Qajar collapse to Pahlavi power
|| A Parliament representatives is taking a nap during a Majlis session
|| Ayatollah Taleghani leads a prayer with Ghotbzadeh, Khomeini's son-in-law seen on the first row who was later executed by Khomeini's order.Mehdi Bazargan, the first prime minister after the 1979 revolution and Ebrahim Yazdi are seen.
| 1326 Shams Pahlavi Khandaniha Magazine.Shams is wearing a uniform and a French bret as part of publicity showing her activities as a scot or French resistence icon clearly distancing herself from German relationships after the World War.
|| An old lady seen under posters of Ayatollah Khomeini and Iranina movie actor Behrooz Vosooghi
|| An Iranian living in Kermanshah; One of thousands of victims of chemical weapons attack by Iraqi forces
|| Iranian Cavalry 1930s
| Naseroddin Shah and some of the Qajar family members seen during a camping. Shah is smoking hooka, a traditional heritage to date left from Qajar dynasty
|| Soldiers in modern attires stay guard by the statue of an Acaemenid spearman at Royal Guard Headquarters in Tehran
|| The puppet king Mohammad Reza Shah arrives in Tehran after the coup
|| Iranian Shah Mohammadreza Pahlavi on TIME magazine cover 12/17/1945
| Tramway in Tehran, wagons carred by horses
|| Mohammadreza Shah, his queen Fouzieh, and their daughter Shahnaz
|| group of people calling themselves Students in the path of Imam climb the wall of the US Embassy in Tehran
|| Reza Khan seen with his children Shams, Ashraf and Mohammad Reza. Reza Khan's second wife Tajolmolouk gave birth to four children.
| Reza Shah and his son Mohammadreza visit school children after fifting veil
|| Ahmad Kasravi from younghood to death. Murderers at court.
|| A rare portratit of Mozaffaroddin Shah Qajar wearing Kiani Crown adorn with precious jewels and long moustache
|| A person descends from his horse to show his allegiance to Fathali Shah : From the book Shahanshahnameh
| Portrait of Naseroddin Shah Qajar of Persia Sporting Moustache by spy (Leslie Ward) Naser al-Din had early reformist tendencies, but was dictatorial in his style of government. With his sanction, some Babis were killed after an attempt on his life.
|| Dish Terminator: Iranian armed forces destroy banned satellite dishes from the roof of houses
|| Mosaddegh Laughing with Harry Truman while holding replica of an oil well.Americans primarily asserted that the British were destructive however, Eisenhower won the presidential election in the US and a change in US policy toward Iran ensued.
|| TIME cover 07-02-1934 Iranian leader Reza Shah Pahlavi
| Reza Shah and his queen Tajolmoluk
|| A photo of Reza Shah in civil suits during last years of his life
|| Ayatollah Kashani poses with a group of people including Shaban Jafari
|| In an undated photo Mohammad Reza Shah is seen dancing with Queen Farah Pahlavi to the American Tune
| TIME cover 09-08-1941 of Iranian leader Reza Shah Pahlavi
|| Reza Khan seen in the Savadkoohi Brigade
|| Ahmad Batebi, a student activist holds up a bloody T-shirt belonging to his fellow student
|| Between June 16 and July 2, 1934, Reza Shah Pahlavi visited Turkey, together with a mission of high-ranking officials, Reza Shah adored the Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as the founder of modern Turkey
| Naseroddin Shah's coach. He was the first modern Iranian monarch to visit Europe in 1873 and then again in 1878. His travel diary of his 1873 trip has been published in several languages as Persian, German, French and Dutch.
|| A clip from the Keyhan newspaper announcing Hoveida's Execution
|| Dr. Mosaddegh and Dr. Fatemi during a speech at the United Nations. Following Mosaddegh's successful nationalization of the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1941–79) was virtually forced to appoint him premier (1951).
|| Representatives from Majles (Parliament) Second Term
| Reza Shah Pahlavi on Time Magazine Cover page April, 25, 1938 titled : 20th-Century Darius
|| The royal court of Ahmad Shah, the last Qajar king (third from right) and Reza Khan (third from left) who was later to establish Pahlavi dynasty, Sardar Zafar 2nd from left, Sardar Jang 1st from right
|| Reza Shah on the throne. Self crowned coronation ceremony
|| Prophet Zoroaster or Zarathustra, the founder of the oldest organized religion on earth.
| Ostad Shakiba, an Iranian artist's rendering of Artemis , the first female Iranian admiral.
|| Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar
|| Mohammad Reza Shah seen with Queen Sorayya at a ski resort. Shah is dressed like an american preppie, or like a person about to play tennis or cricket. if you were skiing you'd be wearing something warm, glasses etc.
|| Reza Khan poses with a machine gun as Major in Hamedan in 1919
| Mohammadali Shah Qajar
|| Young Ahmad Shah (Jan, 21, 1898 – Feb, 21 1930), the last Qajar king seen in Majlis (Parliament) He ascended the throne at the age of 13. He was Shah of Iran (Persia) from Jul, 16, 1909, to Oct, 31, 1925.
|| Iranian Politician Asadollah Alam
|| 6 year-old Prince Reza Cyrus Ali Pahlavi Drinking champagne after his father Mohamedreza's coronation Nov-1967
| Mosaddegh sick in bed, photo from Life Magazine. Dr. Mosaddegh was a restless freedom fighter that loved Iran and Iranians more than anybody else and never bowed to the wills of imperialism despite the fact that he was physically weak and old.
|| Iranian Queen Sorayya : Shah's second wife
|| Reza Shah Mummy
|| Fathali Shah Qajar Standing
| Fawzia or as pronounced in Iran "Fouziyeh" became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Five years after the birth of the couple’s daughter Shahnaz in 1945 Fawzia obtained an Egyptian divorce.
|| Ayatollah Khamenei riding in a peykan smoking cigarettes
|| Undated photo taken from Imam khomeini pouring tea out of a Samavar. Khomeini was an icon of modest and simple lifesyle before and after the revolution - an example to follow. This characteristic deeply impressed many followers.
|| Collection of several images from the legendary, anti-imperialist, revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro from 1947 till 2008
| Robert Shirley; wearing the exotic Persian clothes and his Circassian wife Teresia wearing her native style of dress but also holds a pistol and a pocket watch, as symbols of European technology.
|| Sarcastic photo depicting lack of discipline among commanders of Iranian armed forces shown during a parade. RTL: Mohammad Royanian, Ahmadi Moghaddam, Radan.
|| Mohammad Khatami kissing his daughter while holding his son's hand
|| Famous Iranian singer Googoosh performing abroad live on stage after years of ban
| Mehdi Bazargan, and Ayatollah Taleghani, members of Iranian Freedom Movement seen in 1979
|| Iran hangs telecom salesman Ali Ashtari convicted for spying for Israel
|| Mohamedreza Shah Pahlavi TIME magazine cover 11-04-1974
|| Mohammadreza Shah of Iran : TIME cover 09-12-1960
| 25 year old Mohammadreza Shah of Iran with visiting American Wendell Willkie during the later's stopover on world tour aboard his plane the Gulliver. Shah was taking an airplane ride for the first time in his life 1942
|| Queen Soraya of Iran Ostankino Palace Russia 1956
|| Persian Qajar Woman Pilgrim strapped to her mule she is jolted closely veiled upon arrival at the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad
|| Greek statesman and tactician Themistocles (R) asks his former adversary, the Persian king Artaxerxes Longimanus (L, seated) for sanctuary
| Atoosa the daughter of Cyrus The Great, half sister to Cambysis who married Dariush is a prominent woman in the Iranian history.
|| Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar
|| Fourteen year old Ahmad Mirza Shah Qajar Sahinshah (king of kings) at the head of his army 1912
|| PM Mosaddegh and President Truman. In August 1952, Mosaddegh invited an American oil executive to visit Iran and the Truman administration welcomed the invitation upsetting Britain insisting that the U.S. was undermining their campaign to isolate Iran.
| Reza Khan seen as the guard at the Embassy of Netherlands
|| Khomeini French Police
|| Naseroldin Shah Takhte Tavoos
|| Amir Kabir (1807 – 10 January 1852) chief minister to Naseroddin Shah Qajar of Persia for the first three years of his reign and one of the most capable and innovative figures to appear in the whole Qajar period.
| Saddam Hussein caught in his underground hiding in Tikrit, on Saturday July 24, 2004. Samir helped find Hussein and pull him from his hiding place on December 13, 2003. Samir poses with his cattch of the day.
|| Oval painting shows Shapour and Valerian fighting
|| Mohammadreza Shah Richard Nixon Washington
|| Shirin Ebadi Receiving Nobel Prize
| Mosadegh's youth as governor of the Fars province. In 1920, he went to Switzerland in protest of the Anglo-Persian Treaty.In 1920, he was asked by the people of Shiraz to become the Governor of the Fars Province.
|| Dariush Forouhar during demonstration
|| Mohammad Ali Shah of Qajar dynasty
|| Mazdak, the Iranian prophet
| Colonel Pesyan fought for Iran till the last drop his blood and was killed on the battlefield. His was decapitated and his head was sent to Tehran for reward on Oct, 1, 1921. He rests in peace by the tomb of Nader Shah in Mashahd.
|| Mosadegh's photo autographed with his original handwriting and a banner of Freedom Movement of Iran in the back. The group's origins go back to the early 1950s right after the CIA backed coup d'état in 1953.
|| U.S. President Jimmy Carter
|| Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri Hanging Execution
| Phraortes Farvartish Bisotoun
|| Shah Ismail Safavi's Profile: Shah Ismail Safavi Khatai (Ismayil Safavi Hatayi) - Turkic ruler of Iran, founder of the Safavid Empire.The Safavid dynasty had its origin in the "Safawiyyah" which was established in the city of Ardabil by Sheikh Safioddin.
|| Prime Minister Mossadegh in 1951. Following Mosaddegh's successful nationalization of the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1941–79) was virtually forced to appoint him premier (1951).
|| Tehran Conference, Nov. 28–Dec. 1, 1943,: Right to left : Churchill,Roosevelt, and Stalin, leaders of invading allied powers. They forced Reza Shah into exile and installed his son Mohammad Reza Shah as their puppet king.
| Qajar Infantry 2500 Years Celebrations - designed to remind the world that Mohammad Reza Shah ruled Persia with the extravagance of a modern-day Xerxes or Dariush. Within a decade, he was gone and Khomeini was in.
|| Nader Shah Afshar Tent
|| Shah Ismail Safavi statue in Baku: Ismail I (shah of Iran), July 17, 1487 Ardabīl, Azerbaijan May 23, 1524 Ardabīl, Safavid shah of Iran (1501–24) and religious leader who founded the Safavid Empire and sponsored the Sufi-Shia sect of Islam.
|| Anousheh Ansari First Iranian astronaut
| Ayatollah Khomeini Smiles in Air France Airplane returning from exile to Iran
|| ShapurI Cave Bishapour
|| Shapour Statue Bishapour
|| Mossadegh the leader of Nationalization of Oil Movement living in exile, under house arrest in Ahmadabad. Putting political opposition under house arrest has become a tradition presented to the Iranian society by CIA backed coup of 1953.
| Sassanid Hormazd II Coin
|| Shapour 2nd of Sassanid dynasty.Shapour II who had became king before birth and his reign was longer than his life had once again, after Shapour II, extended Iranian territory from China to the Mediterranean Sea.
|| Bahram I Coin. Bahram 1st (Shah of Persia 273–276) was the fourth Sassanid emperor of the Persian Empire. He was the eldest son of Shapour 1st and succeeded his brother Hormazd 1 (r. 272–273), who had reigned for only a year.
|| Hormazd I Coin
| Nader Shah Afshar
|| Bodyguards watch Ahmadinejad catch flowers
|| Persian Soldier Fighting Beast Perspolis. It's been suggested that the male figure belongs to Artaxerxes as it is very similar to other visualizations of him.
|| Saddam Hussein expiration date arrived. His execution was carried out on 30 December 2006, on the first day of Eid ul-Adha at Camp Justice, an Iraqi army base in Kadhimiya, a neighborhood of northeast Baghdad.
| Mohammadreza Shah Pahlavi, Boumedian, and Saddam Huseyn in Algiers. The outcome of this meeting was a peace treaty which was torn by the Iraqi leader in front of TV before invasion of Iran in 1981.
|| Ayatollah Khomeini Arrives in Tehran accompanied by Air France pilot a French intelligence officer, also notable figures are Abulhassan Banisadr, Morteza Motahhari, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Hojjatoleslam Lahouti, Ahmad Khomeini and Sadegh Tabatabai.
|| Mohammad Khatami donating blood in civil suit
|| From left to right : Rafsanjani, Khatami, Khamenei, Ahmadinejad, Shahroudi
| Ayatollah Khamenei Ashura Mourning in front of a painting titled Ashura Afternoon. The commemoration of Ashura, arguably the holiest day on the Shiite Muslim calendar is also a special poltical arena of the Shia clergy.
|| Khamenei Iranian Flag
|| A little Qajar girl adorned in silver jewelry
|| A portrait of Mozaffaroddin Shah of Persia Sporting Moustache by Spy (Leslie Ward). Mozaffaroddin Shah was the Qajar king who signed Constitutional Monarchy into law in July, 1906 shortly after which he died.
| Qajar Crown Prince Abbas Mirza modernized the Iranian army and on February 13, 1812 routed Russians at Sultanabad near the Aras River but the taste of victory did not last long because Russians won the Battle of Aslandooz on Oct, 31st.
|| A Qajar Lady Shazdeh Khanoom poses for a photograph riding a bicycle, she married her cousin Seyfoddin Mirza and had two daughters named Monavvareh and Monireh.
|| Forouhar Bazargan Javadi
|| Morgan Shuster Atabak Palace Tehran, 1911. Their group was appointed by Iran's parliament to reform and modernize Iran's Department of Treasury and Finances.Shuster became active in supporting the Constitutional revolution of Persia financially.
| Mozaffaroldin Shah in France. In 1900, an agreement was made between Iran and France for the French to run exacavations and they were entitled to keep discoveries. This way a great portion of Iran's historical heritage was taken abroad.
|| Fathali Shah Qajar
|| Shah Ismail Safavi's Portrait. Shah Ismail was king of Iran (1501-1524) and founder of the Safavid Dynasty. His father was Sheikh Heydar and his mother was Alamshah (daughter of Uzun Hasan Ak Koyunlu)
|| Iranian Girl dressed in Qajar style at Sahebgharaniye Palace located in Niyavaran palace & museum complex.
| Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing soccer
|| Ahmad Shah Qajar Europe
|| The cabinet of ministers visit Shah at the royal palace
|| Aspathines Bisotoun
| PM Vosooghoddoleh
|| Iranian Actress in Islamic dress poses in Perspolis.Persepolis was the dazzling capital of the Persian Empire, back when it reached from Greece to India. Built by Dariush and his son Xerxes the Great around 500 B.C.
|| Byzantine Heraclius Khosrau II. Khosrau Parviz started a in 602 that lasted for 25 years and exhausted both the Sassanid and the Byzantine Empires.
|| Last Qajar King Ahmad Shah. Ahmad Shah was the last Qajar king who ascended the throne at the age of 13. Ahmad Shah Qajar (Jan, 21, 1898 – Feb, 21 1930) was Shah of Iran (Persia) from Jul, 16, 1909, to Oct, 31, 1925.
| Gobryas Bisotoun. Gobryas was one of the generals of Cyrus the Great. Gobryas played an important role in the Persian capture of Babylon in October 539 BCE.
|| Mirza Kouchak Khan Jangali
|| Teimur Lang Statue : Hero to a nation, murderer to another
|| Parading US Embassy Tehran