Margavar Rural District

Margavar Rural District (Persian: دهستان مرگور, Kurdish: Mirgewer[1]) is a rural district (dehestan) in Silvaneh District, Urmia County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran.[2] At the 2006 census, its population was 34,862, in 6,012 families.[3] The rural district has 53 villages.

Margavar Rural District
دهستان مرگور
Country Iran
ProvinceWest Azerbaijan
 • Total34,862

According to Harry P. Packard of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church, the districts of Targawar, Mergawar, and Dasht were destroyed by Turks and Kurds during the Assyrian genocide in events that gave rise to the Assyrian independence movement.[4] Few Assyrians remain in Margavar and the district is mostly populated by Kurds.[5]

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  1. ^ "Dizê ya Mirgewer û Qelawarî a Serpêla Zehawê peymana wefadariyê digel şehîdên xwe nû kirin" (in Kurdish). Kurdistan Media. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. ^ Iranian National Committee for Standardization of Geographical Names website (in Persian)
  3. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Statistical Center of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ Hannibal, Travis (2006-12-08). "'Native Christians Massacred': The Ottoman Genocide of the Assyrians During World War I". SSRN 950428. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "دهستان مرگور - ارومیه" (in Persian). Madreseh News. Retrieved 3 May 2020.

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Coordinates: 37°15′N 44°53′E / 37.250°N 44.883°E / 37.250; 44.883