Persian Iraq

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Persian Iraq, also uncommonly spelled Persian Irak (Persian: عراقِ عجمArâq-e Ajam; Arabic: عراق العجم'Irāq al-'Ajam or عراق عجمي 'Irāq 'Ajami), is a historical region of the western parts of Iran. From the 11th to 19th centuries, the name Iraq referred to two neighbouring regions: Arabic Iraq (ʿIrāq-i ʿArab) and Persian Iraq (ʿIrāq-i ʿAjam). Arabic Iraq corresponded with ancient Babylonia (now Iraq) and Persian Iraq corresponded with ancient Media (now western Iran). The two regions were separated by the Zagros Mountains.[1][2]

Later, until the beginning of the 20th century, the term Iraq in Iran was used to refer to a much smaller region south of Saveh and west of Qom. This region was centered on Sultanabad, which was renamed later as Arāk.[3]

Notable people[edit]

The nisba of a person from Persian Iraq is "Iraqi", "al-Iraqi", or "Araghi".

Prominent historical figures from Persian Iraq include:

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