In area, Iran is a little smaller than Alaska.
Iran used to be called Persia. The body of water between Iran and Saudi Arabia is commonly known as the Persian Gulf. But most Arab countries call it the Arabian Gulf. In 2010, Iran threatened to ban or seize airplanes of any airline that called it the Arabian Gulf if their planes flew over Iran.
Iran used to be ruled by royalty, and the ruler was called the “shah.” In 1979, the shah was overthrown. Since then, Iran has been ruled by Muslim law. The U.S. and Iran have not had good relations in recent years. In 1979, radical Muslims captured the U.S. Embassy in Iran and held the Americans in the embassy hostage for a little more than a year.
About 99 percent of the people in Iran are Muslims.
An Iranian Christian said, “Half the population would desert Islam if they had the freedom to do so.” However, it is against the law to openly witness about Jesus to Muslims. Thousands are learning the Good News from satellite TV, the Internet, and Christians who witness secretly to them. Government spies watch Christians, and pastors and other Christians risk being arrested.