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Balkh, Afghanistan Earliest inhabitation: 1,500 BC Known as Bactra to the ancient Greeks, Balkh is found in Northern Afghanistan and is descibed as the Mother of Cities by Arabs. It reached its peak between 2,500 BC and 1,900 BC prior to the rise of the Persian and Median empires. Modern Balkh is home to the regions cotton industry.
The Land of Underground Cities
Derinkuyu Underground City, Cappadocia Region, Central Anatolia, Turkiye ....Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkiye. Extending to a depth of approximately 60 m, it was large enough to shelter approximately 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkiye and is one of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia.
Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in theDerinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. Extending to a depth of approximately 60 m, it was large enough to shelter approximately 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes found acrossCappadocia.
PARADISE: During the Crucifixion, when Jesus said to the thief on the cross, "Today you will be with me in paradise", he was referring to heaven. But why did he call it paradise? The word 'paradise' comes from the Persian word 'pairidaeza' which means 'a walled park' or 'enclosed garden'. The word 'paradise' does not refer to "angels sitting on clouds and playing harps", but to a place where people bring their creativity to bear on managing, cultivating and presenting the garden.
Gilan During ancient Persian era, this area was a province known as Daylam (sometimes Daylaman, Dailam or Delam). The Daylam region corresponds to the modern region of Gīlān. It was the place of origin of the Buyid dynasty. The people of the province had a prominent position during the Sassanid dynasty, their presence extended to Mesopotamia.
Despite its success and rapid expansion, Achaemenid empire was not the first Iranian empire, as by sixth century BCE another group of ancient Iranic people had already established the Median Empire. The Medes had originally been the dominant Iranic group in the region, rising to power at the end of the 7th century BC and incorporating the Persians into their empire. The Iranic peoples had arrived in the region circa 1000 BC and had initially fallen under the domination of the Assyrian Em
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī ( A.K.A: Rumi to the English speaking world) : (1207-1273) was a 13th century Muslim poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic. His works are written in the new Persian language and transcends ethnic and national borders. He is one of the most popular poets of all times. His peaceful and tolerant teachings appealing to people of all sects and creeds.
21 Life Lessons From Nehemiah
Seek the Lord’s guidance! In deep mourning, Nehemiah prayed for the mercy of the Lord, that they might rebuild the walls of the city. In order for that to happen, the Persian King would have to let God's people go home. The Lord blessed Nehemiah, giving the lowly cupbearer favor with the king. Nehemiah was given his freedom and allowed to go rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.
Dubai Marina. Upon completion, it is claimed to be the world's largest man-made marina. It is an artificial canal city, carved along a two mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. When the entire development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas. Dubai Marina was inspired by and designed to model the highly successful Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
For his bravery and virtue, Saint Shalva (13th cent Georgia) became governor of Akhaltsikh, which he had defended from the Turks. Years later, Persians captured the region. Prince Shalva refused to convert to Islam. He was dragged naked along the ground and fiercely beaten. Comatose and with multiple fractures, he was thrown into prison where he died. When Persians attacked another Georgian city (Tbilisi), 10,000 people refused to convert to Islam and were butchered. (Jun 17)
The Warriors, a classic late 70s flick that's a modern retelling of the Greek/Persian conflict as told by Xenophon in the story, Anabasis. Quote: D.J.: All right now, for all you boppers out there in the big city, all you street people with an ear for the action, I've been asked to relay a request from the Grammercy Riffs. It's a special for the Warriors, that real live bunch from Coney, and I do mean the Warriors. Here's a hit with them in mind.
How Foolish Can We Be? (Sequester Edition) | American Center for Law and Justice
Question: As we impose across-the-board cuts on our own military, why are we giving the Muslim Brotherhood an economic stimulus? After administration officials worked overtime to tell the American people that the Sequester was a looming national disaster — complete of course with tales of woe about threats to our public safety (indeed, the administration canceled a carrier deployment to the Persian Gulf even as tensions rise over Iran’s nuclear program) — it is simply stunning they found room i
The culture of the province has a distinctive “Khaleeji” flavor which has more in common with traditional Omani, Eastern Provinces Saudi, Emirate and Bahraini culture than the rest of Iran! The peoples themselves speak an interesting dialect of Persian which is freely mixed with Arabic, Somali, Balooch, and Bakhtiari Persian! IN some areas a Khaleeji dialect of Arabic is the predominantly “home” language.
Wild Cats, Big Cats, Jungle Cats, Ancient & Modern, in a Pictorial History from Foothill Felines, domestic Bengal Cat breeder.
The Caspian tiger, also known as the Persian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata) was the westernmost subspecies of tiger, found in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan until it apparently became extinct in the late 1950s. Because this tiger was known to have followed the migratory herds of their preferred prey animals, such as the boar, the Kazakh people referred to these tigers as “road” or “traveling leopards”.