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PERSIAN

The official language of Iran, Persian has sister languages with which it is intelligible, two of them being Dari, the official language in Afghanistan, and Tajik, the official language of Tajikistan. Together, the three languages are spoken in Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Tajikistan, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and in Russia.

The Persian poets are among the most renowned in the world: Rûmî, Saadi and Hafez for example; miniatures or “illuminations” with their bright colors also have a global aura, as do Persian carpets – associated with luxury and tradition – or also Iran’s cinematic creativity, with several directors having won important international awards in recent years.