Iran, a land with rich ancient and contemporary history, has been constantly dwelled in by well known civilizations. Iran has been a sanctuary for monotheistic religions. This land is the cradle of Zoroastrianism which is perhaps the oldest religion still practiced this day. Today the official religion of the country is Islam with the overwhelming majority being Shia. Jews, Christians, Assyrians, Armenians and many other religions sects have always enjoyed the freedom to practice their faith in this land of harmony and coexistence. There are synagogues all across Iran and church bells echo in Iranian cities. There are instances of a mosque, a church and a synagogue abutting each other in one single street. Although Christianity has never been the dominating faith of the Iranian nation, some of the best historic buildings are churches and sanctuaries that are respectfully kept intact throughout time. Fire temples have been attracting the Zoroastrian faithfuls to their centuries-old fires. And Synagogues are frequented by the followers of Moses (pbuh) and Sunni Muslims are considered brothers in faith. Not to mention the numerous scholars from religious minorities that have been respected and celebrated in the country’s academia.
“The Land of Devotion” is a four part documentary which tries to recount the beautiful coexistence of Iran’s many religions which have been residing in this land for millennia with little altercation. In recent history there are no important accounts of frictions between Iran’s religions and this land has proved to be one of devotion and mutual compassion.
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