speakers of the iranian languages are mainly muslims with a minority following judaism, christianity, zoroastrianism, and the bahá'í faith.
the numbers of sunni and shia among the iranian peoples as a whole are equal, with most kurds, tajiks, pashtuns, and baloch are sunni muslims, while the remainder are mainly shia, comprising most of persians in iran, and the hazaras of afghanistan. the christian community is mainly represented by the Armenians, the russian orthodox, and the georgian orthodox.
the historical religion of the persian empire was zoroastrianism which continues to be followed in iran, mostly in yazd and kerman, and by the parsis of the indian subcontinent, where many fled following the arab conquest of iran.
another ancient religious grouping is the yezidi faith, followed by the yazdi peoples of northern iraq, syria, turkey and armenia.
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