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Ferdows (or Ferdos or Ferdous; named "Toon" until 1929) (), the center of Ferdows County, is a city located in the northwest of South Khorasan Province in Iran. It is about 345 km south of Mashhad and 200 km northwest of Birjand. In 2005 it had an estimated population of 25,000 people itself and 40,000 people within its environs (all Ferdows County). After dividing the Khorasan province into 3 provinces, Ferdows County was initially a part of Razavi Khorasan province, but was incorporated within the borders of South Khorasan Province in March 2007.


Founded in the Medes dynasty, Ferdows is currently a small town. It was a large and famous city in ancient days. There is an unproven theory that the town's name in ancient days was "Taban" (or shining; تابان in Persian).In Islamic days it deformed to Toon. Ferdows was named Toon until 1929, when was changed to Ferdows.

The first people who inhabited Ferdows were a group of Sagartians. Toon was a famous and thriving city before Islamic era and also in Islamic era until the raid of Mongols. It was one of the most cities of Ghohestan along with Qaen. Nasir Khusraw cited Toon as a large city in 11th century. Toon was plundered and destroyed by Mongols in 1239. After the invasion of Mongols, Toon grew and became one of the major cities of Ghohestan again. Marco Polo cited south khorasan region as Toonoqaen means Toon &...
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