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Demography and geographical diffusion

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This section presents a report treating the demographic make-up of the main religious minorities of Iran during the 1860s and the amount of taxes that each of them paid to the treasury of the Qajar state. As a preliminary remark to the section, that provides tables and detailed demographic and related data on Irans religious minorities, Ronald Thomson, who at the time had lived and worked in Iran over twenty years, pointed out that nearly all the revenue of Persia is contributed by the Mahommedan subjects of the Shahthe whole amount collected from the Christian population, Jews and Guebres (i.e. Zoroastrians) is very trifling. Furthermore, as far as the estimated number of Christians of various denominations, Jews and Zoroastrians during this period is concerned, the report informs us that the Christians, consisting of Armenians and Nestorians, constituted Irans largest religious minority.

Keywords: demographic data; geographical diffusion; Iran; Jewish population; religious minorities; Ronald Thomson



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