Cultural figures at Shams & Mowlana Int’l Conference in northwest Iran

Orumiyeh, IRNA – The opening ceremony of the 8th International Conference of Shams and Mowlana was held in Khoy County, northwest Iran, on September 29 with the participation of cultural figures.

A cultural official at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Ali-Reza Delkhosh, spoke at the ceremony while describing Iran’s Shams and Mowlana as invaluable cultural reserves for the world.

These cultural figures can help well introduce the Islamic-Iranian civilization worldwide, and make a cultural link with other nations, the official noted.

Born in northwest Iran, Shams-i Tabrizi or Shams-e Tabrizi (1186-1248) was a spiritual instructor of Jaleleddin Mohammad Balkhi or Mowlana- the great Iranian poet (13th century) also known as Rumi.

Mowlana is the creator of Masnavi which is one of the greatest works in Persian literature.

Also, Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi is Mowlana’s another prominent work written in honor of his instructor or master.

The 8th International Conference of Shams and Mowlana lasts for two days.

September 28 is named Shams Day in the Iranian calendar commemorating the celebrated thinker Shams Tabrizi.

Known as the spiritual instructor and mentor of the Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273), Shams (1185–around1248) was born in Tabriz.

Tradition holds that Shams taught Rumi in seclusion in Konya for a period of forty days, before disappearing.

To commemorate Shams and Rumi in Iran, numerous events, including festivals, conferences, seminars, as well as webinars are held annually.



Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA

Iran calls for promoting cultural diplomacy

Tehran, IRNA – Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili said on Tuesday that Iran will promote its cultural diplomacy by actively participating in the annual UNESCO Summit.

Referring to the recent meeting of the Government Delegation with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Esmaeili said that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in this meeting called the cultural approach of the government the strengths of the government, which indicates that “we must actively and seriously continue our activities”.

Pointing to the report by the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO, he added that the Ministry of Culture in the new era is concerned with boosting cultural schedules in UNESCO, on the other hand, by sending new cultural consultants to various states, it seeks to promote the cultural approaches of the government in the area of cultural diplomacy.

The Ministry of Culture has adopted a new policy in the international fields and has taken a completely transformational approach, as well as attending the annual UNESCO meeting in Mexico, trying to take a different approach in the field of cultural diplomacy, he highlighted.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA

Persian language taught regularly in China: Cultural attaché

Tehran, IRNA – Iran’s cultural attaché in Beijing said that 18 universities in China teach Persian language and literature and seven institutes work on Iranology.

In an interview with IRNA, Abbas-Ali Vafaei said that the Persian language has been in the center of focus since centuries ago, with Muslims in western China being first to be attracted to the Persian language.

Muslims in China, i.e. Uyghur people, have been teaching and learning Golestan book of the Persian poet Saadi even until as recently as 70 years ago in their schools and mosques, as said by Vafaei.

He, however, noted that the Persian language learning in China entered a new chapter since 60 years ago, when the Persian language chair was established in Beijing and Shanghai universities with such great Persian language and literature professors as Jafar Shahidi, Mohammad Dabir-Siyaqi, and Mozaffar Bakhtiyar occupying the chair.

Dozens of students are accepted in academic disciplines related to the Persian language on a yearly basis in China, Vafaei said, noting that Iranian professors are supported by the Chinese government to teach those students.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA

Iranian trading companies to participate 1th Specialized Exhibition of Pak-Iran

Tehran, IRNA – The first specialized exhibition of Pak-Iran will be held in Islamabad with the presence of a 50-member delegation from Iran consisting of managers and representatives of 35 domestic companies to find new opportunities to expand trade cooperation this week.

The press conference entitled “The first specialized exhibition of Iran and Pakistan, Pak-Iran” hosted by Islamabad, Pakistan was held in the presence of Iranian and Pakistani officials organizing the commercial event at the Islamabad Journalists Club on Sunday.

The opening ceremony of the Specialized Exhibition of Iran and Pakistan will be held on Wednesday, August 24, with the presence of Deputy Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Mehdi Maskani and Iran’s Envoy to Islamabad Mohammad Ali Hosseini as well as some other Pakistani government officials in Islamabad, Pakistan.

After the 21st meeting of the Joint Economic Commission of Iran and Pakistan was held in Islamabad last week, this is the first trade-economic event between the two neighboring states, and the agreements made during the Joint Economic Commission are expected to open the way for expanding interactions and cooperation between the Iranian and Pakistani business community.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA

Iranian pop singer helps release 851 prisoners

. Tehran, IRNA – Popular Iranian pop singer Mohsen Chavoshi helped to release 851 prisoners who were behind bars for financial problems, thanks to his fans’ contributions collected in his Instagram page for the same purpose during the past 2 years.

The news about the philanthropist pop singer’s humanitarian move was broadcasted by the Managing Director of the Headquarters to Contribute to Freedom of Prisoners, Ali Shams.

He said that the freed prisoners were either imprisoned due to incidents in workshops, or causing injuries or causing death in driving accidents.

Shams said that the 851 freed prisoners were not criminals and they and their families were all under the supportive umbrella of the Headquarters to Contribute to Freedom of Prisoners, and the amount contributed by Mohsen Chavashi thanks to his fans contributions during the past two years was 74 billion and 500 million rials.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA

Official: German businessmen keen on boosting participation in Iran’s exhibitions

Tehran, IRNA – Chairman of the Board of the German Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade (BWA) Michael Schumann called for increasing the presence of the German businessmen in Iranian exhibitions.

Michael Schumann made the remarks in the meeting which was also attended by Iranian lawmaker Qazizadeh Hashemi and Iran’s ambassador to Germany Mahmoud Farazandeh.

The experience of cooperation with other countries shows that trade relations can be expanded regardless of the political point of view, he said.

He called for allocating more spaces to German businessmen inside Iranian exhibitions.

He welcomed the establishment of the Iranian trade center in Berlin.

He emphasized that he will do everything possible to connect German businessmen with the business center and Iranian businessmen.

The two sides agreed on exchanging trade delegations.


Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA