"Where are you from?" "I'm from Iran." "So you speak Arabic?" "No, we're talking Farsi. Iranians are not Arabs. We are Persians. ”This is a common conversation for Iranians in meeting people with insufficient knowledge of their culture and history.
In the beginning, the Iranians were Zoroastrians. But then, in that 7. century, the Arabs conquered Iran in the time of the Persian Empire, and the Iranians converted to Islam. The book Do Qarn Sokut, "Two Hundred Years of Silence", written by the Iranian literary critic Abdollhossein Zarrinkoub (1923–1999), is a well-formulated account of the very first years after this historical, political and cultural. . .