Payvand: The Cyrus Cylinder: Its Significance for Today

Professir Farhang Jahanpour, Oxford University, writes for Payvand:

At a time when political relations between Iranians and Israelis are tense and hostile, the Cyrus Cylinder shows that the relations between the two peoples have been long and intimate. A significant number of Jews have lived in Iran since the time of Cyrus right up to the present time. Even now, Iran is home to the largest number of Jews in the Middle East outside Israel. It would be appropriate for both the Iranians and the Jews to look back and reflect upon their long history of friendship and coexistence. They should learn from the message of the Cylinder, which is as valid today as it was 2,500 years ago. It advocates religious tolerance, respect for other faiths and acceptance of diversity. As such, the principles that it embodies should be central to the debates about the relations between various faiths and nations in the Middle East and indeed throughout the world.

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