Iranian political scientist complained the textbooks in
the Iranian schools paint a distorted picture of history,
in particular the history of the ancient Iran, noting what
they impart to students is far from true.
a gathering in the Artists Home on Tuesday, Dr. Hermidas
Bavand said since the 19th century there were systematic
attempts originating from India, and then Bahrain and
Afghanistan to undermine cultural principles. As part of
this campaign, the (Persian) language was squeezed in a
bid to cut off our mutual bond, he remarked, expressing
regret that there are now three trends operating to ruin
first include those with a dogmatic view on the past,
axing part of the Iranian history which dates back to
before the Islam, he elaborated. The second group are
residual elements of those affected by the 19th century
socialist ideas who believe the ancient Iranian history,
save the Sassanids, are fabrications of Jews, ruling out
any place for Iranians in the human civilization, Dr.
Bavand continued. The third group comprise ethnically
inspired movements that tend to make distinctions in
history, he remarked.
to the 19th century, the Iranian society had no idea about
the Achamenides but late in the century translation of
Greek historians' works including Herodotus and Xenophon
brought awareness of the ancient Iranian history to the
society at large. Elaborating on the Medes rule, he stated
the Iranian history started with the Medes in 8th C. BCE
who gave the status of a state to iIan, while he called
the Mede king Cyaxares the first liberator in the
country's history for freeing the Iranains from the yoke
of the Assyrians.