What It’s Really Like To Live In Iran Today

For many people living in North America, Iran is a completely unknown place that is simply close to Iraq. Our first thoughts jump to mosques, deserts, and women in hijabs. The Middle Eastern nation is the continuation of the oldest civilization in history, yet, the country isn’t only historical sites and sand.

The Rich Kids Of Iran, a distaste for suit ties, and a love of heavy metal set Iran apart. I bet you never thought you’d share a passion for parkour with the women of Iran. Expand your knowledge of one of the oldest, and most fascinating civilizations in the world as it continues to make news headlines.

A Revolution Sparked The Country To Change Its Name

Photo credit: Keystone / Getty Images
Photo credit: Keystone / Getty Images

The 1979 Iranian Revolution changed everything, including the country’s name. Before 1979, residents routinely referred to their country as it’s historical name, Persia. The Shah of Iran from 1925-1941, Reza Shah Pahlavi, tried to change the name by asking foreign delegates to call the country Iran in 1935.

Pahlavi’s declaration didn’t do much inside the country. Residents only began calling their country Iran after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overthrew the monarchy in 1979. From then on, it became the Islamic Republic of Iran.