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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Shiraz, Iran.


Prior to 14th centuryEdit

  • c2000 BC – A settlement of the Iranian people is located at or near the current site of the city. Clay tablets referring to this settlements were found in the 1970s.
  • C1000 BC – The growth of the settlements particularly near the rivers flowing in the area leads to development of a regional power structure among the local tribes. The Medes rotary their rise to power
  • C750 BC – Cambosys sets the foundations of the first Persian empire.
  • C650 BC – Cyrus, son of Cambosys, defeats all local, regional, and continental wide kingdoms. He forms the Achamenid empire extending from North Africa, And the Meditranea to India and western China. It encompasses the largest percentage of earths population under one rule. A record that has never been broken to present day.
  • 640–653 CE – Fārs falls to the Arab armies of Umar. Shiraz in 641. Estakhr in 653.
  • 650–869 – Seat of the Arab government of Fārs. Controlled from Baghdad with very limited Persian activity. Other towns in the region decline as Shiraz grows with new immigrants. Turkish tribes are brought to the region to serve as soldiers in the Arab army. Descendents of these tribes form ruling dynasties of the region in the next several centuries.
  • 790 – Shiraz scholar Sibawayh publishes his writings. This is the first formal basis of Arabic Grammar.[1]
  • 9th century – Shirazi wine is praised as the best of the Middle East.
  • 869 – Saffarid dynasty leader Yaqub Leis liberates Shiraz. Baghdad Caliphate rule weakened. Many Arabs and Turks in the city are eliminated but a significant number choose to stay in Shiraz, as they have adopted Persian culture.
  • 894 – Atigh Jame' Mosque built by Amr-o-Leis Saffari (Yaqub's brother).[2]
  • 933 – Shiraz is Capital of the Buwayhid dynasty. Becomes cultural center under Emmad-al-dowleh, first Buyid Amir.
  • 937 – Buyids eventually bring down the Caliphate of Baghdad and Shiraz gains international prominence. Literature, science, art and culture are promoted. Religious minorities are treated well. Christaians, Jews and Zoroastrians are among the ministers and consultants of the Buyid Amirs.
  • c950 – Subterranean canal made in the mountains to bring fresh water to the city by Rokn-al-dawleh, Emmad's brother. The stream (called Abeh Rokni) still runs today, and is immortalized in poetry of Shiraz.
  • c1000 – First wall built around Shiraz due to attacks by Seljuk Turks, (see also Turkmens). The Seljuks were supported by the Damascuss-based remainder of the Caliphate, against the Buyids.
  • c1010 – Over the next 50 years this war, as well as internal feuds among the Buyids destroys much of the city.
  • 1062 – City is eventually captured by Seljuks, However, to the dismay of the Caliphate, the new rulers quickly adopt the Persian culture and many settle in Shiraz. The Seljuks actually become great patrons of Persian art and culture, as they build a great empire.
  • c1075 – Shiraz is rebuilt to splendor by Seljuk Attabak Jalal-ed-din and his sons. Development attracts new immigrants from all corners of Persia, as well as Central Asia.
  • 1090 – Revolts within the Seljuk army are prompted and supported by Damascuss and Baghdad as the First Crusade weakens the Seljuk military might, and empire. Successful rebels in Shiraz are the Songhorid Turks.
  • 1100 – Shiraz becomes capital of the Songhorid dynasty of Turkish origin (Attabak-ane Fars).
  • 1100 – Although they promote Sunni Islam on behalf of Baghdad, the Songhorid also eventually become die hard Persians. They settle in and rebuild Shiraz as their home.
  • 1105 – A wall is restored to encircles the city with Eight gates. Influence of the Baghdad Caliphate is contained to mostly ceremonial terms.
  • c1110 – Hanafi sect of the Sunni Muslims rule the region from Shiraz. Although Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism are still freely practiced among a large minority in the city and the region. This tolerance promotes another migration wave into the city and the region. Many tribes of Turkish and Cacauss regions move to Shiraz, and surrounding areas. Many still live in the region (Qashqai, Lurs).
  • c1115 – Shiraz is a center of the pious and the Jurists of the nation. Number of religious shrines are built, many of which are still standing, among them: Masjid Atiq, Masjid Now.
  • 1170 – Sheikh Ruzbehan (1128–1209), establishes own Sufi sect in Shiraz.
  • 1150–1195 – Decline of Shiraz as dynastic feuds among the various ruling tribes and a famine ruin the city.
  • 1195 – Saad ibn Zangi, a local Attabak, establishes rule and restores the city.
  • 1210 – Future poet Saadi Shirazi born in Shiraz (approximate date).
  • 1280 – Shiraz saved from Mongol invasion by diplomacy of Abu Bakr ibn Saad. Genghis Khan is so enamoured by the Persian ruler that names him Ktlug Khan and considers him a friend.
  • 1281 – Grave site of Ahmad-ibn-Musa (son of the 7th imam of the shiites) is identified by Amir Moqarrab-alDin a Vazir of Abu Bakr, during excavation for a palace.
  • 1282 – A shrine is built on the grave site. Today it is the holiest Muslim site in the city and the region, (Shah Cheragh).
  • 1284 – Decline of Shiraz due to the high Taxes imposed by Mongols. Corruption and feuds resume.
  • 1287 – Drought and Famine kills approximately 100,000 people in Shiraz.[3]
  • 1291 – Saadi dies and is buried in his garden next to an artesian well. Currently the beautiful gardens are a major tourist attraction, with a still flowing well and stream next to Saadi's tomb.
  • 1297 – Measles and Plague kill another 50,000 people in Shiraz and surrounding area.[4]
  • 1297 – Female ruler Aubee Khatton and her daughter Kurdujin save lives and the city by their charitable foundations. They were Songhorid matrons who had married into the Mongols.

14th–19th centuriesEdit

  • 1304 – Injuids dynasty takes over and rebuild Shiraz, but their in-fighting eventually causes more destruction.
  • 1325
    • Future poet Hafez born in Shiraz.
    • Ilkhanate period. Their rule is marked by warfare and destruction.
  • 1353 – The Muzaffarid dynasty captures Shiraz. Once again Shiraz is the capital for Persia.
  • c1350 – Traveller Ibn Battuta visits Shiraz and documents a great city, rich with gardens, streams, bazaars, and cleanly clothed people.
  • 1357 – Muzaffarid Shah Shuja takes reign and revives the city.
  • 1360 – Hafiz (1310–1380) is patronized by Shah Shuja and settles in Bage-Mossalla where he establishes a great following. His tomb in the same garden is a revered and major tourist attraction for world travellers and Iranians alike.
  • 1382 – Shah Shuja gives Timur's army with gifts and saves the city from Pillage again.
  • 1384 – After the death of Shah Shuja in-fighting flares up among the Muzaffarids and leads to several battles in Shiraz and eventual city decline.
  • 1387 – Shirāz is occupied for a short period by Timur.[5]
  • 1393 – Timur occupies Shirāz for the second time and spent a month there "rejoicing and feasting".[6] He appoints his grandson who has adopted the Persian culture as governor. Rebuilding of the city resumes.
  • 1400 – Shiraz is known as the city of Saadi and Hafez. Their tombs, still intact today, become shrines.
  • 1410 – Shiraz prospers with a population of 200,000. For a few years it is the capital of the Turkmen Aq Qoyunlu rulers.
  • 1470 – Mongols and Turkmen, the invaders, are soon ousted from the city.
  • 1503 – Saffavid ruler Shah Ismaeel captures Shiraz and kills or exiles most Sunni leaders to promote Shiism.
  • 1550 – Allah-verdi Khan and his son Emam-Qoli-Khan governors of the Saffavid rebuild city.
  • 1575 – Shiite followers grow in numbers, schools and shrines are built. Many are still standing, Madrese Khan.
  • c1590 – Period of relative prosperity. Arts flourish. Shiraz artists and craftsmen are famous and utilized worldwide. See Taj Mahal
  • c1600 – Shiraz wine discovered by the British and reported to be one of the best in the world.
  • 1621 – British and French merchants frequent the city. Grapes are taken to Europe.
  • 1630 – A flood destroys large parts of the town.
  • 1634 – Mulla Sadra, a well known philosopher from Shiraz is prosecuted for heretical writings and opinions. He promotes the idea of a free thinking Moslem and writes against the practice of blindly following the edicts of the clergy (Thaghlid).
  • 1668 – Another flood hits Shirāz.
  • 1724 – Shirāz is sacked by Afghan invaders.
  • 1744 – Nader Shah of the Afsharid dynasty captures Shiraz. Large sections of the city destroyed during wars.
  • 1747–1800 – Three way power struggle in Iran between Afsharid dynasty, Zand, and the Qajars
  • 1750s
    • Karim Khan Zand moves to Shiraz and takes the title People's Representative, (Vakil-ol-Roaya). He establishes the Zand Dynasty.[7]
    • Shirāz becomes capital of the Zand dynasty. City is rebuilt. Structured into 11 quarters (10 Muslim and one Jewish). Huge moat and wall surround the city, with six gates. Culture, Arts and minorities flourish.
  • 1794 – End of the Zand dynasty, and Shirāz' status as capital.
  • 1794 – Shiraz captured by Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar, pillaged and destroyed.
  • 1800 – Decline of the city under the Qajar dynasty
  • 1822 – Plague and Cholera epidemics kill thousands.
  • 1824 – An earthquake destroys parts of the town.
  • 1830 – Plague of locusts destroys the crops, local agriculture and creates famine. Tens of thousands die and many more move out of the city. Population decreases to only about 19000 by diseases and outmigration.
  • 1844 – A young merchant, Sayyid `Alí Muhammad and given the title of 'The Báb' (Arabic, meaning 'The Gate'), declared His Messianic mission and founded the Bábí Faith.
  • 1853 – Another major earthquake hits Shirāz.
  • 1860 – British influence prevails in southern Iran and Shiraz. The British are actively opposed by the native Qashqai tribes in the mountains outside the city.
  • 1869 – Shiraz economy affected by opening of the Suez Canal in Egypt.[8]
  • 1872 – Fars newspaper begins publication.
  • 1880 – Qavam family suppresses local unrests with the help of the British Indian Rifelmen.
  • 1883 – First official census shows a population of 53,607.

20th centuryEdit

21st centuryEdit

  • 2005 – Census reports show a population of 1,255,955.
  • 2011 – Population: 1,460,665.[16]
  • 2013 – 14 June: Local election held.
  • 2014 – City becomes part of newly formed national administrative Region 2.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Owens, J. The Foundations of Grammar: An introduction to Medieval Arabic Grammatical Theory. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company 1988. ISBN 90-272-4528-2.
  2. ^ "Friday Mosque of Shiraz". ArchNet. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08.
  3. ^ Wassaf, 'Abd Allah b. Fadl Allah, Tajziyat al-amsar wa-tazjiyat al-a'sar, known also as Ta'rikh-i Wassaf (written by 1327) Ed. ‘Abd al–Muhammad Ayati, Tahrir-i ta'rikh-i Wassaf. Intisharat i-Bunyad-i Farhang-i Iran, Tehran, §1346/1967, pp. 106–128.
  4. ^ Wassaf, 'Abd Allah b. Fadl Allah. Tajziyat al-amsar wa-tazjiyat al-a'sar, known also as Ta'rikh-i Wassaf (written by 1327) Ed. ‘Abd al–Muhammad Ayati, Tahrir-i ta'rikh-i Wassaf. Intisharat i-Bunyad-i Farhang-i Iran, Tehran, §1346/1967, pp. 359.
  5. ^ "Iran". Political Chronology of the Middle East. Europa Publications. 2003. pp. 45–64. ISBN 978-1-135-35673-6.
  6. ^ Grousset René, The Empire of the Steppes, a history of Central Asia, Page 433
  7. ^ Masoud Kheirabadi (2000). Iranian Cities: Formation and Development. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2860-6.
  8. ^ Hooshang Amirahmadi (2012). Political Economy of Iran under the Qajars: Society, Politics, Economics and Foreign Relations 1796–1936. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-0-85772-258-4.
  9. ^ Rumi,Siroos; List of printed matters of Fars;2006;Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance (Iran)
  10. ^ Shahbazi 2004.
  11. ^ a b John H. Lorentz (2010). The A to Z of Iran. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-7638-5.
  12. ^ "Population of capital cities and cities of 100,000 and more inhabitants". Demographic Yearbook 1965. New York: Statistical Office of the United Nations. 1966. pp. 140–161.
  13. ^ "Iran, 1900 A.D.–present". Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  14. ^ United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office (1987). "Population of capital cities and cities of 100,000 and more inhabitants". 1985 Demographic Yearbook. New York. pp. 247–289.
  15. ^ "Countries of the World: Iran". Statesman's Yearbook 2003. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 2002. ISBN 978-0-333-98096-5.
  16. ^ "Population of capital cities and cities of 100,000 or more inhabitants". Demographic Yearbook 2015. United Nations Statistics Division. 2016.

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