Iran is home to one of the world's oldest continuous prime civilizations. As the country sits at historically the most dynamic crossing of the world, its history is full of notable events, including wars, revolutions, invasions, occupations, downfalls, and revivals, as well as religious, political, social, and intellectual movements. Moreover, scores of scholars in literature, poetry, art, philosophy, religion, medicine, astronomy, and other branches of knowledge have contributed to the development of Iran's cultural and social heritage, which now constitutes, for the most part, the common identity of the Iranian people.
Innumerable historians have presented comprehensive accounts of these events and contributions. However, there are two notable shortcomings associated with the narrative form traditionally used by these accounts: First, they are not graphic enough to help the ordinary reader to systematically follow the occasions, let alone detecting the underlying interactions between them. For instance, frequently, especially after the Arabs invasion in the mid-seventh century, several dynasties have been ruling concurrently in various regions of Iran for decades, even centuries. This makes it almost impossible to follow the situation merely by reading just texts without losing track of the events.
The second shortcoming is missing the realization of the significant events happening concurrently in the rest of the world. Without such a broad spectrum, conceiving a meaningful understanding of the dynamics of the history remains at best incomplete.
Providing a visual overview, a chronological walk-through, and a big picture of the subject, this page is structured around a graphical template that makes Iranian history more comprehensible. This approach should encourage the reader to think about the interactions between historical occasions. Furthermore, the page represents a panoramic view of Iranian history over time in the context of the significant relative events occurring elsewhere in the world, especially in the region.
Here you can see the map of five years of the history of Iran, from 1870 to 1875. Every event or occurrence is designated by an iconic symbol and a short description next to it. The number directly above each symbol on the timeline shows the date of that event. Some examples are:
Continuous strips describe the ongoing events such as the reign of the dynasties, the vizierate terms, or significant military or religious engagements, here are some examples:
The topmost strip just below the timeline gives an overall view of the country during the related period.
The color code applied to the strips, as well as the texts, should generally distinguish the geographical location of the event in question.
A hard copy of the map is published in the form of a book with the title of Iran on the Line of History.
Currently, we are working on developing the map of the history of Iran for three thousand years, form one thousand BC up to the present time. The map would be interactive, with searching and filtering capabilities. It would also be possible to collect more information about all items from the internet by clicking on certain words. Moreover, everyone would be able to contribute to the map by adding information or comments, just like Wikipedia.