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Lorestān, (Persian and Luri :لرستان ) comprises a province and an historic territory of western Iran amidst the Zagros Mountains. The center of the Lorestan Province is the city of Khorramabad. The famous Falak-ol-Aflak Castle is situated inside this city. Borujerd is another major city. The population of Lorestan is calculated 1,739,644 people in 2006 .
 Geography and climate
The name Lorestan means Land of the Lurs, and in the wider sense consists of that part of western Iran bounded by Iraq and extending for about 400 miles on a northwest to southeast axis from Kermanshah to Fars, with a breadth of 100 to 140 miles. The terrain consists chiefly of mountains, with numerous ranges, part of the Zagros chain, running northwest to southeast. The central range has many summits which almost reach the line of perpetual snow, rising to 13,000 feet and more, and it feeds the headwaters of Iran's most important rivers, such as the Zayandeh rud, Jarahi, Karun, Dix, Abi, Karkheh. Between the higher ranges lie many fertile plains and low hilly, well-watered districts.
The highest point of the province is Oshtoran Kooh peak at 4,050 m. The low-lying areas being in the southern most sector of the province, are approximately 500 m above sea level.
The climate is generally sub-humid continental with winter precipitation, a lot of which falls as snow (Köppen Csa). Because it lies on the westernmost slopes of the Zagros Mountains, annual precipitation in Lorestan is among the highest anywhere in Iran south of the Alborz Mountains. At Khorramabad, the average annual precipitation totals 530 millimetres (21 inches) of rainfall equivalent, whilst up to 1270 millimetres (50 inches) may fall on the highest mountains. The months June to September are usually absolutely dry, but Khorramabad can expect 4 inches of rainfall equivalent in December and January.
Temperatures vary widely with the seasons and between day and night. At Khorramabad, summer temperatures typically range from a minimum of 12°C (54°F) to a hot maximum of 32°C (90°F). In winter, they range from a minimum of -2°C (28°F) to a chilly maximum of 8°C (46°F).
 Administrative Divisions
Lorestan province is one of the oldest regions of Iran. In the third and fourth millennium BCE, migrant tribes settled down in the mountainous area of the Zagros mountains. The Kassites, an ancient peoples who spoke neither Indo-European languages nor Semitic languages, originated in Lorestan.
Lorestan was invaded and settled by the Iranian Medes in the second millennium BCE. The Medes absorbed the indigenous inhabitants of the region, primarily the Elamites and Kassites, by the time the area was conquered by the Persians in the first mellenium BCE.
According to the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Lurs, previously open adherents of the Ahl-e-Haqq faith, revere bread and fire like the Zoroastrians. "Being split up into numerous tribes and sections, they migrate to their summer pastures as separate bands without overall command. In 1936, Reza Shah's army conquered them, with much bloodshed and starvation, forcing many of the survivors to settle in villages under landlords." .
 People and culture
Lurs, like most Iranians, are a mixture of indigenous inhabitants of the Zagros and Iranian speaking tribes migrating from Central Asia. As stated above, their language, called Luri, is closely related to Persian, and there are two distinct dialects of this language. Lur-e-Bozourg (Greater Lur), which is spoken by the Bakhtiaris, and Lur-e-Kuchik (Lesser Lur), spoken by the Lurs themselves. The overwhelming majority of Lurs are Shia Muslims. In Khuzestan, Lur tribes are primarily concentrated in the northern part of the province, while in Ilam they are mainly in the southern region.
Prior to the 20th century the majority of Lurs were nomadic herders, with an urban minority residing in the city of Khorramabad. There were several attempts by the Pahlavi governments to forcibly settle the nomadic segment of the Lur population. Under Reza Shah, these campaigns tended to be unsuccessful. The last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, used less forceful methods along with economic incentives, which met with greater, though not complete, success. By the mid-1980s the vast majority of Lurs had been settled in towns and villages throughout the province, or had migrated to the major urban centres.
A number of nomadic Lur tribes continue to exist in the province. Amongst the settled urban populace the authority of tribal elders still remains a strong influence, though not as dominant as it is amongst the nomads. As in Bakhtiari and Kurdish societies, Lur women have had much greater freedoms than women in other Iranian groups.
 Northern region
In the northern part of Lorestan, formerly known as Lur-e-Kuchik (Lesser Lorestan), live the Feili Lurs, divided into the Pishkuh Lurs in the east and Pushtkuh Lurs in the adjoining Iraqi territory in the west.
Lesser Lorestan maintained its independence under a succession of princes of the Khorshidi dynasty, known as Atabegs, from 55 CE to the beginning of the 17th century. Shah Abbas I then removed the last Atabeg, Shah Verdi Khan, and entrusted the government of the province to Hossein Khan Shamlu, the chief of the rival tribe of Shamlu , with the title of Vali in exchange for that of Atabeg. The descendants of Hossein Khan retained the title as governors of the Pushtkuh Lurs, to whom only the denomination of Feili now applies.
 Southern region
The southern part of the province, formerly known as Lur-e-Bozourg (Greater Lorestan), comprises the Bakhtiari region of the province of Khuzestan and the districts of the Mamasenni and Kuhgilu Lurs which are located in Fars province. At one time, Greater Lorestan formed an independent state under the Fazlevieh Atabegs from 1160 until 1424 CE. Its capital, Idaj, survives as mounds and ruins at Malamir, 60 miles southeast of the city of Shushtar in Khuzestan.
 Famous People of Lorestan Province
- Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, Religious grand cleric.
- Ayatollah Rouhollah Kamalvand, senior religious cleric.
- Ali Akbar Shekarchi, Kamancheh player
- Shamirza Moradi, Oboe player
- Nasrollah Kasraian, Photographer
- Ali Reza Hosseinkhani, Kamancheh player
- Reza Saghaee, Singer
- Nasser Gholamrezai, Filmmaker
- Dr. Sekandar Amanollahi Baharvand, Social-Cultural author
- Ali Mohammad Saki, Social-Cultural author
- Esfandiar Ghazanfari Amraee, poet.
- Hamid Izadpanah, poet.
- Dr Abdolhosein Zarrinkoub, the famous writer, historian, critic
- Dr Sayyed Ja’far Shahidi, writer, historian, critic
- Abdol Mohammad Ayati, poet
- Mehrdad Avesta, poet
- Mola Hagh-Ali Siah Poosh, poet (1323 AH)
- Mola Parishan, poet (7th century AH)
- Khaan Almaas, poet (19th century)
- Mir Nowrooz Mirderikvand, Poet (12th century)
- Ali Mirderikvand, Author (No haven for Gon gadeen)
 Lorestan today
Lorestan has 263 sites of historical and cultural significance according to Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization.
Some of the more popular attractions are:
- 6th Century Inscription, Khorramabad
- Falak-ol-Aflak Castle
- Sassanid Kashgan Bridge, Koohdasht
- Khorramabad Tower
- Jame Mosque of Borujerd
- Soltani Mosque of Borujerd
- Imamzadeh Ja'far, Borujerd
- Bazaar of Borujerd
- Pariz Kooh Mountain Dorood
- Gahar Lake, Dorood
- Kiyou Lake, Khorramabad
- Oshtoran Kooh Mountain, Dorood
- Bisheh Waterfall Dorood
 Colleges and universities
- Lorestan University of Medical Sciences
- University of Lorestan
- Islamic Azad University of Borujerd
- Islamic Azad University of Dorood
- Islamic Azad University of Aligudarz
- Islamic Azad University of Khorram Abad
- Payam Nour University of Poldokhtar
- Payam Nour University of Alashtar
- Payam Nour University of boroujerd
- Al-ghadir Applicational Scientific Comprehensive University
- Shahid Madani school of Khoramabad
- Ma’soumeh School of Khoramabad
gahar lake place of dorood
 See also
- Luristan bronze
- Demographics of Iran
- Ethnic minorities in Iran
- Falak-ol-Aflak Castle
- Borujerd and Dorud Earthquake, March 31 2003
 External links
- Lorestan Province Cultural Heritage Organization
- Lorestan Governor's Office
- Agricultural Jihad Organization of Lorestan Province
- Lorestan Department of Education
- Lorestan Urban Utilities Company
- Lorestan Rural Utilities Company
 Peoples and culture
- Lorestan.Org Information portal
- History of the Lur people
- Article about Lurs from the Encyclopedia of Islam
- Bakhtiari Tribe website
- Lorestan Music
- Zagros Online, a website from Borujerd
 Current events
- This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.
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