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Constitution as adopted on 24 October 1979.

Article 15

    The official and common language and script of the people of Iran is Persian. Official documents, correspondence and statements, as well as text books, shall be written in this language and script. However, the use of local and ethnic literature in the schools, together with Persian language instruction, is also permitted.

Article 16

    The language of the Koran and Islamic studies and instruction are in Arabic, and Arabic totally permeates Persian literature. Therefore, Arabic must be taught in all classes and areas of study from the time that elementary school is completed until graduation from secondary school.

Article 19

    The people of Iran, regardless of their ethnic, family and tribal origins, shall enjoy equal rights. Colour, race, language and the like shall not be cause for privilege.

Note: The complete text of the Constitution and further information on the constitutional background of Iran are provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Bern.

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