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Persia was traditionally Sunni and all their previous sultanates were sunni even Safavids were Sunni to begin until 1602

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All the influential Iranian sultanates were sunni until one Safavid ruler who was sunni decided to convert and forcefully converted the Iranian populations into Shia Islam in 1602. Ghaznavids, Seljuqs, Samanid sultante, Khwarazmian dynasty, Umayyad, Abbasid, Timurids, Safavids, Ilkhanate, Hotaki sultanate, and Ghurids sultanate despite being of different origins such as Turkic, Farsi's, Tajiks, Mongols, Pasthuns and Arabs these empires they all ruled in Persia at different times and all were sunni plus the populations who converted from zoroastrianism to Sunni Islam. 1000 years of Sunni sultanate rule with nearly all the populations sunni. 

What happened to Persia and how did they change faith? and in order to understand you must know that Persia has always been featherweight and easy place for conquerors to come and go which is why? This would have not been possible anywhere else in the world except Persia where one rule can demand and people would obey and one of the reasons why Alexander rolled over them quite easily and he was stopped in the tribal areas of Sindh because people are traditionally stubborn out there and the same reason why other invaders found it easy to penetrate Persia historically. The people were afraid of the sultan who just decided because he converted then they should also do the same but out of fear they accepted some of them and the few who refused were put to the sword. 

So in actuality Iran is fairly recent Shia state and traditionally not a Shia land nor people. Persia has lost the religion of their forefathers they were not living under Taqiya like their Iraqi counter-parts for 1400 years and Shia's living in other places

 

 

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20 hours ago, Fountain of youth said:

So in actuality Iran is fairly recent Shia state and traditionally not a Shia land nor people. Persia has lost the religion of their forefathers they were not living under Taqiya like their Iraqi counter-parts for 1400 years and Shia's living in other places

First of all the companion of the prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and close ally and companion of Imam Ali (عليه السلام) who is very high rank personality in Islam is Hz Salman Farsi from persia / Iran. He was shia of Imam Ali (عليه السلام). The following is the hadith from sunni sources:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

“While we were sitting with the Prophet Surat al-Jumu’a was revealed to him, and when the Verse, “And He (Allah) has sent him (Muhammad) also to other (Muslims)…..” (62:3) was recited by the Prophet, I said, “Who are they, O Allah’s Apostle?” The Prophet did not reply till I repeated my question thrice. At that time, Salman al-Farsi was with us. So Allah’s Apostle put his hand on Salman, saying: “Even if Faith were at (the place of) Ath-Thuraiya (Pleiades, the highest star), then some man or men from these people (i.e. Salman’s folk) would attain it.” – Imam Bukhari

Sahih Bukhari Hadith No. 4897, Chapter 66, The Book Of Commentary

Thus it provides the evidence by the prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) for the folk of the Salman Farsi, a shia of Imam Ali (عليه السلام).

In addition to the sunni hadith collectors there have been Shia as well including Shaikh Saduq, and Shaikh Kulainy, were Persian. Some of the most important theologians in Islam were from Perisia, including: Shia Shaykh Tusi,

In Iran we have  520 years under Shiism till present time. 

Thus the words of fairly recent Shia are disagreed.

wasalam

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The Shrines of Imam Ali Raza (عليه السلام) and his Sister Masooma Qum in Iran has been made in the history of Islam. 

These are symbols of affection and affiliation to the Ahl albayt of the prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) paid by shia living in Iran in history of islam.

These are evidences of the presence of Shia islam in Iran even before Safavids era.

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27 minutes ago, Sabrejet said:

I fail to see the point

As in the OP, there was a forced "conversion" to Shi'ism 400+ years ago. l forget what the motivation back then was, but it is because of another Sunni-Shi'a divide now that this is historically noteworthy.

Note: What l did read a couple of decades ago was in the Wall Street Journal. A Farsi specialist must have written it or l would not have read it.

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From a very early time low- and middle class Iranians (not only Persians) have been alligned with the Shi'a (even if it were a Ghulat sect or some mix with Mazdeism) and the Safawi Order became Shi'a when they started to be politicized, when they began to be militant

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