All posts by Sebastian Clark

  • Energy

    In the 1980s and 1990s Iran built several new natural gas, combined cycle (using both gas and steam), and hydroelectric power stations, dramatically increasing electric...

  • Currency and banking

    Iran’s unit of currency is the rial. The official exchange rate averaged 9,171 rials to the U.S. dollar in 2006. However, rials are exchanged on...

  • Iranian Religion

    Jafari Shia Islam has been the official religion of Iran since the 16th century. Followers of Shia Islam differ with Sunni Muslims in beliefs (see...

  • ibn sina

    Hamadan-astronomer, chemist, geologist, Hafiz, Islamic psychologist, Islamic scholar, Islamic theologian, logician, paleontologist, mathematician, Maktab teacher, physicist, poet, and scientist-Islam’s Golden Age-Avicenna-mathematical systems, astronomy, algebra, trigonometry...

  • Services

    Urbanization has contributed to significant growth in the service sector. In 2006 the sector ranked as the largest contributor to the GDP (45 percent) and...

  • Government and economy

    Government planning plays an important role in Iran’s economy. Since the late 1940s the government has designed and implemented multiyear planning programs with the goal...

  • Persian Carpet

    Whatever is known of the origins of the pile rug is based on suppositions but the can assume that pile weaving had a nomadic origin...