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Spread of Islam: Dark orange, followed by yellow, then green. Blue indicates Christian territories.

Islam spread throughout Africa by trade, migration, and conquest. Some empires graciously accepted the muslims, but their populations did not convert. In fact ruler authority was often strengthened by Islam.

Cultural and Historical Zones Map of the Middle East

I’ve noted before the superb trove of maps available at the Gulf 2000 website, but here’s another one this time of the broad cultural and historical zones of the Middle East.

Iran ethnicities - geography

40 maps that explain the Middle East

The People of Iran: Ethno-Religious Distribution [[MORE]] The main reason I post this is to raise awareness that all Iranians are not Persian. The plateau has been home to a diverse patchwork.