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Kurds vs Persians

Kurds and Persians are two ethnic people that primarily live in the country of Iran. As ethnic groups, they are mostly affiliated with their culture and traditions rather than their religious affiliations. The two ethnic groups belong to the four major ethnic people living in Iran.  The other ethnic groups are Arabs and Turks.

The two terms are descriptions for a person who comes from a certain land. Kurds are known to be someone who lives or is affiliated with Kurdistan or the Kurdish culture. The same is applicable to Persians and their link to Persia (now modern Iran) and the history and culture of their people.

The Kurds live in Iran, but they are considered a minority in the country. Aside from Iran, they also live in the neighboring countries of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and other countries forming an unofficial settlement called Kurdistan. Meanwhile, the Persians are considered the main people of Iran. They are not confined to the country and can be found in countries from Iran to Afghanistan.

The Persians descended from the Aryan race, the origin of the modern Persian people. The name “Iran” itself is the Persian word for the country. The name was first used in 1935 as a replacement in Persia. In contrast, Kurds are of Turkish descent.

The Kurds are mostly ethnic people and do not have any independent religion of their own. On the other hand, Persians have Zoroastrianism as their regional religion.

The two people also speak different languages. The Kurds speak in Kurdish while Persians speak Farsi, the dominant language in Iran. Both the Kurdish and Persian languages are part of the Iranian language, specifically the Western Iranian language.

Both people have a long history as a people. The Kurds are mostly nomads and without a permanent settlement. There is no existing Kurdish nation or state. On the other hand, Persians have a permanent settlement. They have been living in the same land for thousands of years.  An example of this is the Achaemenid Empire that included many countries in its height of power. It was later included in the Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great.

Kurds are known to have endured repression from other ethnic groups. In contrast, Persians are famous as conquerors and warriors in ancient history.

Summary:

  1. Both the Persians and the Kurds are two of the major ethnic groups in the country of Iran and in the Middle East. Both have their own unique culture, traditions, and language. Arabs and Turks comprise the other two of the four ethnic groups.
  2. Persians are the dominant ethnic group in Iran and considered its native people. Meanwhile, the Kurds are one of the minority ethnic groups. Persians are known to be descendants of the Aryan people while Kurds are said to be of Turkish descent.  Even the name of the country is Persian in origin.
  3. Persians have their own regional religion, Zoroastrianism, aside from the predominant religion of Islam. The Kurds do not have any independent religion, but they are also members of the religions that exist in the Middle East.
  4. Both ethnic groups have their own long histories. However, Kurds have remained nomads most of the time while Persians created settlements, even an empire. Persians are usually concentrated in Iran while the Kurds live in Kurdistan, an unofficial settlement and regarded as a region rather than a country.
  5. Both ethnic groups have their own language, Kurdish and Farsi. Furthermore, both languages are part of the Iranian language and Western Iranian language as a sub-classification.
  6. In comparison, Persians are native Iranians and are considered the more progressive ethnic group compared to the Kurds.


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19 Comments

  1. Hey man , Kurds are not Turks but Kurds are the new aryans just like the persians you informations is not correct .

  2. Kurds are NOT Turkish. The iranis in the south of Iran have stolen Kurdish history and try to link themselves with Kurds for the most part. Everyone knows the language of the iranis is half Kurdish and half Arab lmfao. In the ancient history, all those times you reading about Persians those were actually Kurdish. Persians are not even an ethnicity. They tried so hard to keep calling Kurds their brothers blah blah. Give me a break. Also every one knows that Zoroaster was born from a yezidi family. it’s not really racial with Kurds tbh. The soranis also have different language but they are accepted by the bahdinis as Kurds. The reason why Persians will never be accepted is because they are crazy and they have some superiority complex. No the Kurds did not decend from Persians, they did not decend from Turks, nor did they decend from Arabs. It’s pretty obvious what happened is the Kurds lived in the North while assyrians in the south. The Arabs came first with Islam. Then the Kurdish empires took form, the different language trees of Kurdish were already there. I am going to guess that the Arabs had some sort of power and that is how the religion of Shia came onto the Persians. Wouldnt that make much more sense? How else will you explain why Persians have half Kurdish and half arabic language. Why Persians are mostly Shia? And why Kurds are in general whiter, blonder and more colored eyes than Persians? Hahaha please. On top of that, the Kurds in Iraq don’t give you the respect to call you Farsi or Persians. We call you arabified Kurds. Jus like the sorani. But we gonna take care of our sorani tribes, but Persians are just too racist and violent. Plus your govt created too many lies in your history books in schools for you to even understand. Give up your racism and realize there is no such pure race. Don’t make yourself superior to Kurds, you are not. Nobody cares about being aryan. Only an Arab would get a superiority complex making himself believe he is somehow special. You can see Kurds are tribalistic. That is how we keep ethnicity while remaining humble and civilized for thousands of years. Though tbh most civilized Kurds don’t care about that either. How many times I’ve heard from iranis the we are brothers, every response from kurds is we don’t kill our brothers. please educate yourself and realize that the Persian ethnicity as you know it today didn’t exist during the time the Persian empires existed, they were Kurdish.

    • I love kurdish people!!! But did they teach you guys this things in school or you acquired them by yourself. Because these are some of the craziest fabrication I have read in my life and I’am not even persian. I don’t even know why I bother leaving a comment here obviously you been mistreated by persians and somehow you are trying to get back at them in this way….

    • Sara, you are now the biggest idiot I’ve ever seen on the internet! Persians are Iranian and Kurds are Iranian. The languages are related, like English and German. Arabic got mixed in with all of our languages because they invaded us, just like how Latin words were mixed into Germanic languages like English after the Romans invaded them and spread Christianity. Kurds and Persians are brothers. You are ignorant! I bet you’re not even Kurdish, you’re probably another Azeri pan-turk spreading anti-Iranian propaganda! You SICKEN me!

      • Hey Sîrwan do NOT give a “Sîr” taste. You seem rather to be a Persian personality / rather a Persian fan / rather a very ignorant uneducated Kurdish personality.

        What Sara’s saying is 99% percent true. Go and read some recent Kurdish history in Iran.

        Go read about Simko Shikak in 1920s,
        Hama Rashid in 1940s,
        read about Mahabad Republic And Qazi Muhammad in 1946s and Kurdish revolt in 1967s and
        recenty lived kurdish Hero Ahmad Moftizadeh

        What happened to all of the? They ALL tortured then savagely killed.

        Is that a brother does to his other brother? Is it okay they ban Kurdish education in Iran?

        Yes Kurdish is a base Language in Indo-European family. I made a research that Kurdish a sole language rather that Persian. We say “bra” for “son” they sey “bradar”. We say “xweh” for sister they say “kwahar” we say “khor” or “tav” for “sun” they say “af-tab” or “khor-shid”. Kurdish is uniqe not even can be comparable with Persian.

        Go and get deal with something pleasing you. But not this subject.

        To the article writer: What wrong with you man. Turkish is an Altaic Language. Kurdish is Indo-Europena language. I mean no relation…

  3. you’ve said, ‘ Persians have their own regional religion, Zoroastrianism’. but
    Zoroastrianism is belong to kurds not Persians (fars)s. as, The Prophet Zardasht was from Kurdish nationalist. this case is little complicated, because kurds are a part of ancient Persian Groups, and kurds didn’t got their independence yet as their country Kurdistan was divided into 4 pieces irani Kurdistan,Syrian,Iraq and turkey. Zardasht Archaeology is located in irani kurdistan the city of hamadan. so it looks like Persian religion! but the reality is above.
    on the other hand, KURDS ARE NOT TURKS!!!!. it doesn’t need any brag as white is not black!!!. this is a post of some racist turks whom try to melt down Kurdish nationalist…
    ‘ONE DAY KURDS WILL GET THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND THESE ISSUES WILL GET CLEARED LIKE NAWROZ, ZOROASTRIANISM AND MEDIAN EMPIRE AND SO ON…’

    little suggestion for you, be critical thinker and do more researches. then edit your article.

  4. Well you are very wrong. Kurds and Persians are Iranian people their languages are Indo-European and Turkish is Altaic. Kurds were living in Middle-East before Turks came there and Kurds are related with Persians like Irish related with Scottish.

  5. Based on my knowledge Kurds lived in Iran before Turks (Then Turks migrated). One of the primative civilization is related to Kurdish people (Hegmataneh). It seems that as long as Kurds don’t have their own country, they are not truely recognized!

  6. I stopped reading after “… Kurds are of Turkish descent.” Get your facts straight; Kurds are an Iranian people just like Persians.

  7. As much as our language some almost the same. Kurds and iranian are not the same people. When the Assyrian empire ruled the land. There were kurds in the north (Media) and persians in the east (Persia). They fought of the Assyrian empire together. And the first king was a median king (Kurd). he ruled a few years. But got over throned by cyrus (persian). Then the Persian empire began to rise. When the persian were at war whit Greece, the greeks called the Median. Because there were kurd (median) in the persian army. And the persians kept the name after that. Even when the greeks went to attack persia the were harassed by kurdish archers whom they may have thought to be persians. And the Zoroastrian religion who came from east Kurdistan (west Iran) and to whom was a kurd and preached in the kurdish areas first. The Persian had their own religion (Mithra) but the persian says that Zoroastrian is also a persian religion. and as we all know (the winner of a war writes the history) and not the losers.
    The turks came in the middle ages and does not have anything to do whit kurd, iranian or arabs. they took land land from greeks, kurds, armenians and the western part of the persian empire whom belonged to the median (kurds). The turks belong to Mongolia and came after Djingis Khan era.

  8. First of all Kurds aren’t from Turkish origin. They are Iranian as like as Persians, Balochs, Pesthuns, Osets etc. Some part of Persian history stolen from Kurdish history for example Zoroastrianism is Kurdish religion, Medes are Kurds, Gutian people are Kurds, I.Ardeshir is Kurd, Madig is Kurd etc.

  9. Lol, where did you get your information from?!

  10. A Kurdish intellectual who was murdered (199os) by chauvinist Turkish agents whose Musa Anter was telling in his book “Hatıralarım = Memoirs” that “Persian” in Kurdish “Parsek” which means “Beggar”. In ancient times they were like nomad Gypsy coming to our cities/villages and begging from us for something to eat.

    Although Persian is counted as an Hindo-European language it includes a lot of Arabic and Kurdish vocabulary. Kurdish is more ancient than Persian.

    For example “Door” is in Kurdish “Derî” and “Derî” is comes from the word “out-side” “der ve” in Kurdish we can translate it as “(thing) that separates outside”

    Also Brother in Kurdish is “Bra” as it in Persian “Bradar” and originally it might come from the root “Bi-ra” that is “with vein/By vein; with blood-vessel, by blood vessel. So we can expand/translate it as “Who comes from same vein/blood vessel. And the nearest meaing in Kurdish for “-ther” and “-der” in “Brother”, “Brader” is the Kurdish word “Der” which means “outside”. So it is impossible that Kurds have just dropped it from usage as Persians uses it. Because it is already in use by Kurds as the meaning “out-side”. Here some Kurdish and Persian words for your comparison:

    KURMANJISORANI
    KURDISH—PERSIAN—ENGLISH—KURDISH—GERMAN
    Bab, bav* —Padar* —Father —Bab = باب —Vater
    Dê, Mak —Madar —Mother —Daye = دايه — Mutter
    Bra —Bradar* —Brother —Bira = برا — Bruder
    Xweh —Khwahar —Sister —Xwişk= خوشك —Schwester
    Dot, Keç —Dokhtar*—Daugther—Kiç = کچ — Tochter
    Mam, Ap—Amoo, Mam—Paternal uncle—Mam = مام —Onkel
    Dotmam —Dokhtar-amoo—Uncle’s daughter—Kiçî mam = کچ مام Onkel Tochter

    Kurt, Kin — Kutah — Short — Kurt = كورت — kurz
    Qic, Hur —Kuchak* —Small —Çûk = ‫چووک klein

    Kur, Pis — Pesar — Son — Kur = كور مام — Sohn
    Pismam —Pesar Amoo—Cousin — Kurî mam = كور —Sohn des Onkels

    Mêr — Mard* — Man — Pyaw= پـيــاو — Mann
    Dlop — Raha Kardan Drop — Dlop = ‫دلوپ Tropfen
    Hêk — Tokhm-margh*— EggTow = ‫تۆو‬ , Helka = هيلكه — Ei, egg

    Stêr — Satara — Star — Astera = — ‫ئستره Stern
    Anîn— Awurdan — Bring — Hawir = ‫هاور bringen‬
    Grîn — Beriistan — Cry — Grî = ‫گری‬ Weinen, Schrei
    Nû — Taza, Jadid(Arabic)* — New — Nwê = ‫نـوێ neu‬
    Çav — Chashm* — Eye — Çaw = ‫چاو Auge‬
    Tlî, Pêçî—Angusht — Finger — Pil = پل , Panca= پــهنجــه Finger‬
    Agir — Atash* — Fire — Agir = ‫ئاگر Feuer‬
    Birçî — Gorosna(gi) — Hungry — Birsî = ‫بـرسى Begierig‬, hungrig
    Kenîn — Khandidan — Laugh — Kenîn = ‫کـه نـين Lachen‬
    Ba — Bad — Wind — Ba = با Blähung, Wind
    Baran— Baran — Rain — Baran = باران regnen
    Bahoz — Tufan shada* —Tempest — Boran* = بوران Sturm
    Brûsk — Barq (Arabic) — Lightning — Trişka = ترشقه Blitz
    Mê — Zanana — Feminine Mê =مى feminin
    Nêr — Mardana* — Masculine Nêr = نير maskulin
    Jîn — Zandagi — Life — Jîn = ‫ژ‬ين Leben
    Dev — Dahan — Mouth — Dam = ‫ده م‬ Mund

    *The words borrowed by Turks.

    Bab
    Peder
    Brader
    Doktor
    Küçük
    Taze
    Çeşme
    Tohum
    Ateş
    Tufan
    Boran
    Mert
    Merdane

  11. Helloooo. Where is my article?

  12. Helooo. Any human being there?

  13. Kurdish language is in the same family with Persian and that’s for sure that Kurdish culture is closer to Persians. Also Persians, Kurds, Arabs in Levant or even Armenians have very similar cultures.

  14. Kurds and persians live in Iranian peninsula for thousands of years. Kurds are Medes ethnic group who used to live alongside persians and both are Iranian. Achemenid empire constituted both of these ethnic groups. In fact, Cyrus the great’s father was a Persian and her mother was Medes(Kurd).

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