Shahin Dezh

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For the administrative subdivision, see Shahin Dezh County.
Shahin Dezh
شاهين دژ
Shahin Dezh is located in Iran
Shahin Dezh
Shahin Dezh
Coordinates: 36°40′45″N 46°34′01″E / 36.67917°N 46.56694°E / 36.67917; 46.56694Coordinates: 36°40′45″N 46°34′01″E / 36.67917°N 46.56694°E / 36.67917; 46.56694
Country  Iran
Province West Azerbaijan
County Shahin Dezh
Bakhsh Central
Population (2006)
 • Total 34,204
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)

Shahin Dezh (Persian: شاهين دژ‎; also Romanized as Shāhīn Dezh; also known as Şā’īn Dezh, Shahindej, and Sahin Dazh; formerly, Sāīn Kaleh and Şā’īn Qal‘eh)[1] is the capital city of Shahin Dezh County, in the West Azerbaijan Province, Iran.In the 2006 census, its population was 34,204,with 8,671 families.[2]

Shahin Dezh is located southeast of Lake Urmia,about 1,300 metres above sea level. The population is made up of Azeri Turks and Kurdish and Chahardoli. The city is mostly populated by Turks up to 60%, while some Kurdish villages can be found south and east of the city.

Cultural Mix[edit]

Shahindezh is known for its mixed cultural and lingual diversity. In a small city such as shahindezh, there are around 4 languages that are being spoken in the city. At the same time, both Islamic groups of Shiite and Sunnis are living in this city with a balanced distribution. City consists of its Azerbaijani population who speak Azerbaijani Turkish, Kurdish population who practice Sunni Islam, Chahardoli population whose language is kurdish but the people have more cultural similarity to Azeris and practice Shiite Islam and finally Shaghi population who speak Laki and are culturally distinct from both Azeris and Kurds.

People of Shahindezh are known to be ver open-minded about inter-cultural respect compared to other cities in the area.


  1. ^ Shahin Dezh can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3081937" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 

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