Street Life in Iran
2002

The Islamic republic of Iran is at the Center of  world attention, politically, socially, and culturally. With a population of 83 million, it is the second largest country in the Middle East and its largest and capital city is Teheran.

There are 1.2 billion Muslins in the world. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States, especially among African Americans. I think it is very important to understand this religion and countries with a Muslim majority. I have also visited Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Indonesia.

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Achaemenid Empire also called the Persian Empire was an ancient empire that was based in Western Asia, founded by King Cyrus the Great. The empire was larger than any previous empire in history, spanning 2.1 million square miles.

I am also very interested in Islamic architecture Iran has more than its share or archeological sites. Iranian architecture makes use of abundant symbolic geometry, using pure forms such as the circle and square, and plans are based on often symmetrical layouts featuring rectangular courtyards and halls.

One of the most remarkable examples of both Achaemenid architecture and art is the grand palace of Persepolis with its detailed workmanship, coupled with its grand scale. The architecture of the mosques are magnificent.

During my visit in Iran, I never felt unsafe. People were extremely friendly and courteous. Young high schools girls all wanted to practice their English with me. Unfortunately I had only limited interaction with the local people.

Iran has the best pistachios and very tasty dates, major exports. Of course we all know about their beautiful carpets.

Unfortunately, Teheran is smoggy with terrible traffic congestion.

At all the hotels we stayed at we met lots of tourists and businessmen from other Middle East countries and from Germany, Italy and Spain.

This is just a small synopsis of Iran. Hopefully, my images give a fair representation of my visit.