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Sunnism was the predominant form of Islam before the devastating Mongol conquest, but subsequently Shi'ism became eventually utterly dominant in all of Iran and modern-day Azerbaijan (though highly secular) with the advent of the Safavids.
In a May 2019 study, the Pew Research Center found out that 87% of Iranians pray on a daily basis, which was the second-highest percentage in Asia-Pacific, after Afghanistan (96%) and ahead of Indonesia (84%).
The remaining 0.6% associate themselves with non-Islamic religious minorities, including Bahá'ís, Mandeans, Yarsanis, Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians.
After a period of indulgence in wine and the pleasures of the harem, Under Abbas I, Iran prospered.
Succeeding Safavid rulers promoted Shi'a Islam among the elites, and it was only under Mullah Muhammad Baqir Majlisi – court cleric from 1680 until 1698- that Shia Islam truly took hold among the masses.
Ancient pre-Islamic Persian religious traditions developed over time into Zoroastrianism.
The written Zoroastrian holy book, called the Avesta, dates back to between 6 BC, but the traditions it is based on are more ancient.
Iran participated with its own scientists and scholars.