Kerman ( pronunciation ) (Persian: كرمان, also Romanized as Kermān, Kermun, and Kirman; also known as Carmania) is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. At the 2011 census, its population was 821,374, in 221,389 households, making it the 10th most populous city of Iran.

It is the largest and most developed city in Kerman Province and the most important city in the southeast of Iran. It is also one of the largest cities of Iran in terms of area. Kerman is famous for its long history and strong cultural heritage . The city is home to many historic mosques and Zoroastrian fire temples. Kerman is also on the recent list of the world's 1000 cleanest cities. Kerman became capital city of Iranian dynasties several times during its history. It is located on a large, flat plain, 1,036 km (643 mi) south of Tehran, the capital of Iran.


Kerman was founded as a defensive outpost, with the name Behdesīr, by Ardeshir I, founder of the Sassanid Empire, in the 3rd century AD. After the Battle of Nahāvand in 642, the city came under Muslim rule. At first the city's relative isolation allowed Kharijites and Zoroastrians to thrive there, but the Kharijites were wiped out in 698, and the population was mostly Muslim by 725. Already in the eighth century the city was famous for its manufacture of cashmere wool shawls and other textiles. The Abbasid Caliphate's authority over the region was weak, and power passed in the tenth century to the Buyid dynasty, which maintained control even when the region and city fell to Mahmud of Ghazna in the late tenth century. The name Kerman was adopted at some point in the tenth century.

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July 30, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Earthquake in Iran

Indian Express 29 Jul 2021
The bodies of 800 earthquake victims have been recovered in the southern Iranian region of Kerman and the final toll could be 4,000, the state radio said. It said about half the area hit by the quake was buried under rubble ... The governor general of Kerman, Abolhossan Sayeh, has appealed for tents, food and clothing for the survivors. Royal wedding ... ....

LA has seen racial uprisings, many not shocked by new round

Journal Review 02 Jun 2020
By JOHN ROGERS ... On April 29, 1992, thousands in the city's largely minority south side took to the streets after an all-white jury acquitted four white police officers of attacking King, a black driver, after a traffic stop ... Kerman Maddox was a young radio reporter who lived just a block from one of the flashpoints in the 1992 riots ... cities ... ....

The life of Qassem Soleimani, Iran's revered military mastermind who fought the US for years until he was killed in an airstrike

Yahoo Daily News 03 Jan 2020
From his humble beginnings on a farm in Kerman to a seat in Iran's elite inner circle, here is everything you need to know about his life and rise to power ... From growing up on a farm in Kerman to heading the Quds Force faction of the IRGC, here is everything you need to know about Soleimani's life, rise to power, and ultimate death. ....