Saqqez

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Saqqez
سەقز
city
Saqqezphotos2.jpg
Country Iran
ProvinceKurdistan
CountySaqqez
BakhshCentral
Population
 (2006)
 • Total131,349
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)

Saqqez (Kurdish: سەقز‎, Persian: سقز‎) is a city in the west of Iran. According to 2006 census, 131,348 people lived there.[1] Saqqez is famous because of its ancient history and the remaining of a historic fort located on north-east of the city, named "Zehweeya". The city is in Kurdistan Province, in Iranian Kurdistan.

Name[change | change source]

The name Saqqez derives from the Scythian word "Skate".[2]

People[change | change source]

The Jewish bazaar in Saqqez.

People of Saqqez are Kurds and speak in Kurdish language, they also speak in Persian which is the official language of Iran. Most of the people are following Islam. In recent years there was a huge community of Sufis in Saqqez, they still exist in little numbers and do their spiritual rituals in special places named Tekkyeh (in Kurdi: تەکیە).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Wayback Machine". web.archive.org. Cite uses generic title (help)
  2. "شهرستان سقز". Islamic Azad University - Saqqez Branch (in Persian). Retrieved 13 May 2021.