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The Persian Empire at it's peak stretched from Greece...
to Egypt. The Persian Empire had roads, a postal system, and even an official language.
People within the Empire developed the first monotheistic religion called Zoroastrianism
This religion included taking care of nature and followed the teachings of a prophet named Zoroaster
There are still practicing Zoroastrians today, but the religion became less popular after the rise of Islam
Muslims split into 2 branches after that, the Sunni and Shia
As Europe began industrializing, the Middle East fell behind technologically.
That was until the internal combustion engine was invented.
The engine ran on oil as opposed to coal and Iran was rich in oil
there's so much oil here
Oil was in high demand and Iran supplied it