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Iranian diplomat: Popularization of Persian literature a response to Islamphobia

Belgrade, Iran's ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that popularization of Persian literature and poetry in other countries is a reasonable response to those who contribute to portray an unreal image of Islam and Muslims in the world.

Mahmoud Heidari has made the remarks during a meeting held on Tuesday with a Bosnian author who wrote a book about the school of thought of famous ancient Iranian poet, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar and theologian whose influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats

The book, titled Molaviyeh; Treasury of Wisdom, was written by Elvir Music, a Persian language and literature professor and instructor of Hafez-reading programs in Bosnia.

During his meeting with the Bosnian author, the Iranian diplomat said promotion of Persian literature would also serve the development of cultural relations between Iran and Bosnia.

The meeting was held at the site of Iran's embassy in Sarajevo.

Relations between Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina are not bounded to political and economic ties, said Ambassador Heidari adding, intellectual connections between scientists, poets and scholars of the two countries have always been existed from the past.

He stressed that publishing of the Music's book about Rumi is an opportunity for Bosnians to get re-introduced with the theosophy and thoughts of great Iranian poets and theologists.

Heidari added that extremism and excommunication will not emerge in a society where people exemplify Moulavi, Saadi and Hafez (three prominent ancient Iranian poets).

Meanwhile, Music, for his part, appreciated Iran's embassy in Sarajevo and Avicenna Science and Research Institute for publishing his book and for the support extended to him by the two bodies.

He also briefed the Iranian ambassador on actions taken to popularize Persian and Iranian literature and culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Emphasizing the prominence of Persian language and literature in the Balkans, Music added that 32 Bosnian poets have exemplified from Iranian poets and also wrote a number of poems in Persian.

He said that the book of Bosnian poets who have poeticized in Persian will be authored soon and the publishing of that book can be a prominent step toward familiarizing the young Bosnian generation with the thoughts of great Bosnian writers who are inspired originally by Persian literature and theology.

The Bosnian Persian language and literature professor said in order to further encourage Bosnian people to read poems of the ancient Iranian poets, certain sessions are being held in the cities of Tuzla and Sarajevo to read poems of Mulawi and Hafez. The sessions are highly welcomed by the public, he added.

Moulaviyeh; Treasury of Wisdom, is written by Music, prefaced by Ambassador Heidari and published by Avicenna science and research institute.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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