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Persia is a verdant monarchy within the Seven Deserts ruled by the family of the legendary Scheherazade.

Description

It is a peaceful realm rich in history and tales, being the origin of the 1,001 Arabian Nights.

Government

Long ago, Persia was a prosperous land with vast territory ruled by Shahryar, a revered sultan and his wife Scheherazade. Their family continues to rule it via their descendant Scheherazade the Fifth. Even Agrabah considers a visit from its current queen to be an honor worthy of much preparation.

Law Enforcement

The realm is protected by the Persian Royal Guards who faithfully serve their queens and honor their memory.

Places of Interest

Known Inhabitants

History

Background

Long ago over five generations ago, Persia was ruled by the sultan Shahryar who sought a bride. That is when he met Scheherazade, the magical storyteller who captivated the sultan with her many tales of the 1,001 Arabian Nights. So moved was he by her tales that he made her his queen, and the two would sire a family.

Her stories would continue to be told in future generations and magically preserved within her necklace. But at an unknown point, her necklace would disappear and fall into the hands of Jafar.

Iago Returns

Scheherazade the Fifth, Persia's current queen planned a visit to Agrabah, where the Agrabah royal family, mainly Aladdin and Jasmine were under much stress from royal preparations and etiquette lessons. They then fled Agrabah for a bit to relax, bringing along with them their parrot friend Iago who carried with him the sacred treasure of Persia, Scheherazade's Necklace which they used to travel to the eras of her stories. Upon returning, Scheherazade the Fifth had come to Agrabah and Aladdin and Jasmine happily returned the necklace to its rightful heir.

Jasmine and the Star of Persia

Jasmine went to Persia in order to find the legendary Star of Persia which belonged to one of Persia's former queens.

Other Appearances

The Agrabah Bazaar and Agrabah Café in Disney parks (formerly known as the Adventureland Bazaar before being converted into Aladdin attractions in 1992 and 1999) feature references to Persia and Scheherazade and Shahryar flying across the skies of Persia.

Trivia

  • Persia is actually the name of ancient Iran and was the seat of the Persian Empire, with much of Aladdin's setting being based on the era of Safavid Dynasty of the Persian Empire. It is unknown if the Persian Empire still exists within the fictionalized setting of Aladdin or how much influence its Persia may hold in the setting. However the Seven Deserts seem to parallel the overall territory of the Persian Empire during its peak.
  • It is one of the few locations in Aladdin actually named after a real one.
  • In the 1,001 Arabian Nights, Scheherazade and Shahryar were depicted as the rulers of Persia's Sasanian Empire which in the story covered much of the Middle East and extended to India, over all the adjacent islands and a great way beyond the Ganges and as far as China, and Shahryar and Scheherazade held the highest titles of "King of Kings" and "Queen of Queens".
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