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The Origin of the Word Iran
Bartleby.com ^ | 2000 | The American Heritage Dictionary

Posted on 07/20/2006 6:08:23 PM PDT by madison10

ARYAN and Iran

ETYMOLOGY: From Sanskrit rya-, noble, Aryan.

OTHER FORMS: Ary·an —ADJECTIVE

WORD HISTORY:It is one of the ironies of history that Aryan, a word nowadays referring to the blond-haired, blue-eyed physical ideal of Nazi Germany, originally referred to a people who looked vastly different. Its history starts with the ancient Indo-Iranians, Indo-European peoples who inhabited parts of what are now Iran, Afghanistan, and India.

Their tribal self-designation was a word reconstructed as *arya– or *rya–. The first of these is the form found in Iranian, as ultimately in the name of Iran itself (from Middle Persian rn (ahr), “(Land) of the Iranians,” from the genitive plural of r, “Iranian”). The variant *rya– is found unchanged in Sanskrit, where it referred to the upper crust of ancient Indian society. These words became known to European scholars in the 18th century.

The shifting of meaning that eventually led to the present-day sense started in the 1830s, when Friedrich Schlegel, a German scholar who was an important early Indo-Europeanist, came up with a theory that linked the Indo-Iranian words with the German word Ehre, “honor,” and older Germanic names containing the element ario–, such as the Swiss warrior Ariovistus who was written about by Julius Caesar.

Schlegel theorized that far from being just a designation of the Indo-Iranians, the word *arya– had in fact been what the Indo-Europeans called themselves, meaning something like “the honorable people.” (This theory has since been called into question.) Thus “Aryan” came to be synonymous with “Indo-European,” and in this sense entered the general scholarly consciousness of the day.

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To: freedom44
Iran was also an important trade route with China, India and the Turkish provinces.

Thus, there is a mixture and the darker skinned are most likely from the Dravidian stock of India who are prevalent in Southern Pakistan (once India).
21 posted on 07/20/2006 9:52:55 PM PDT by Prost1 (We can build a wall, we can evict - "Si, se puede!")
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To: Prost1

Yeah they're Balochis along the line of Pakistan. Small minority of about 3%


22 posted on 07/20/2006 10:20:24 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: K4Harty

he was way ahead of his time.


23 posted on 07/21/2006 4:29:07 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (dust off the big guns.)
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To: K4Harty
Besides I needed an excuse to post a picture of Flock of Seagulls.

Far to few of those opportunities around here lately!

24 posted on 07/21/2006 6:20:48 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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