) - Name of Iran
In the Western world, Persia (or its cognates) was historically the common name for Iran. In 1935, Reza Shah asked foreign delegates to use the term Iran (the historical name of the country, used by its native people similar to natives of Greece referring to their country by the Greek name for it Hellas) in formal correspondence. Since then, in the Western World, the use of the word "Iran" has become more common. This also changed the usage of the names for the Iranian nationality, and the common adjective for citizens of Iran changed from Persian to Iranian. In 1959, the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Reza Shah Pahlavi''s son, announced that both "Persia" and "Iran" could officially be used interchangeably. Nonetheless, the word "Iran" has replaced "Persia" in the common usage.
- 1 Etymology of Iran
- 2 Etymology of Persia
- 3 The two names in the West
- 4 Recent history of the debate
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