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|• Parliament||Mohammad Qasem Osmani|
|Elevation||1,365 m (4,478 ft)|
|• Estimate (2012)||171,773|
|Time zone||IRST (UTC+3:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||IRDT (UTC+4:30)|
|Area code(s)||(+98) 482-62|
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Kurdish history and culture
Bukan (Persian: Bukān\بوکان ;Kurdish:بۆکان\Bokan; also Romanized as Bukān, Bokan, and Bowkān) is a city in and the capital of Bukan County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 149,340, in 32,488 families. As of 2012, its population was estimated to be near 171,773 in 43,543 families. Bukan, is one of these fourteentowns of west Azerbaijan province. Bukan is the fourth most populous town of the province, with an estimated population of 224670 peoples and its distance from province capital is 226 kilometers. 75% of this town population is settled in urban area, while 25% live in the rural area (Iran 2012 Census). This town is almost a homogenous community.
Environmentally and climatically Bukan is a highland with snow-capped mountains which looks like as beauty queen of Kurdistan, As regard to the history of the area, according to the archaeological finds it should be said that form the earliest time. the district of Bukan had been populated by ancient tribes, who were inhabited in thefoothills of Zagros miunain chain. Archaeologically, the oldest remains that has been recovered here come from Gharagouz (4800-4100 Dalma), Nachit and Gharakend mounds (Bronze Age) The cultural sequence of Bukan, howere, has been continued up to Qajar period. There have been recovered more than 150 sites in Bukan.
This city is the capital of civilization about 3000 years ago under the name Izertu (Zirtu) was Mannaean. due to lack of adequate facilities in the city museum and seen the effects of this civilization is expressed in a small sample of his works in museums around the world including the Museum of stolen Museum, University of Tokyo, and can be seen. These civilizations have settled in the Kurdish region in northwestern Iran. The distinctive art Mannayy indescribable elegance and beauty that is unique in their contemporary civilizations. They have been called the art of making glazed bricks. Bricks with colorful designs that they plan to remain intact after nearly 3000 years. Beautiful specimens in the Museum of East Ancient bricks found in Tokyo.
Bukan is located south of Lake Urmia about 1,300 metres above sea level. It lies in the West Azarbaijan Province of Iran. The town is situated on the eastern bank of the Sīmīnarūd (Tk. Tatahūčāy), known locally as Čōmī Bukan, on the road between Saqqez and Miandoab.
Bukan is inhabited by Kurds, adherents of Shafeʿite Sunnism, who speak the Sorani, or central, dialect of Kurdish. The rural population is engaged in farming (wheat, barley and other cereals, sugar beets, tobacco, and some summer crops), gardening, and animal husbandry. Formerly the village housed a Jewish community of about 70 families.
In November 1996, 94 percent of the city's population are Muslims. The ratio in urban areas and 92 percent in rural areas was 98 percent. Bukan people are mainly Sunni Shafi'i sect.
Israeli Jews consider it a holy city and the city has enjoyed a high place among them, in 1949 to 1952 numerous Jews had settled in the city. They also believe the city is called the City of the Gods،Currently, more than 150 thousand Kurdish Jews living in Israel
In 1250 (Persian Date) Sardar Aziz khan Mukri built a castle near the great reservoir of bukan that presently named after its founder as Sardaar Aziz khaan Castle. The Castle has been built on top of a hill 50by 60 in diameter and 13 meters hegit and its main building materials is bricks of 20 by 20 cm with gley mrtar and timbers. The Castle measures 25 by 30 meters and has 6 daises which rest upon 9store colmns 2meters hegiht and 1 meter diameter .
During 1325-1351 (A.H) the castle turns into police headquarters,post office, and as chool respectively and finally was destroyed completely in 1361 A.H and replaced by a newly built structure that used as basidj (Mobilization) Station.
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