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Holding the Conference of “Comparative Chronology of Iran and the World”

In order to introduce the place and cultural role of Iran in the frontier of the growth of human societies, the Iranology Foundation held the Conference of “Comparative Chronology of Iran and the World” on May 2017 in Sadi Hall of Milad Tower Conference Center. It is noted that the “Comparative Chronology Table of Iran and the World: from Paleolithic Era to the End of Iron Age” was unveiled in this event. The conference speakers, including Professor Ayatullah Khamenei, President of the Iranology Foundation, and some of the archeologists working in the related fields, spoke about the necessity of accomplishing this national project and its advantages.

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Professor Ayatullah Khamenei stated that history plays a significant role in introducing and identifying the identity of different nations in opposition to the phenomenon of cultural attack. He emphasized that a nation with no history is a lost nation with no identity, and that during the recent centuries the enemies and spiteful opponents of history have continually tried to obscure the evident glory of Iranian identity. Accordingly, he concluded that, through accomplishing the national project of the “Comparative Chronology Table of Iran and the World”, we can claim that the supreme place of Iranian culture among the cultures of other countries has been firmly established.

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He also added that a comparison of the issues related to Man’s appearance on Earth and the legacy of ancient people can reveal which nation was the first to experience growth and develop a civilization earlier than others. He mentioned that, based on the stone tools discovered in Kashfrud, the history of stone artifacts in Iran goes back to about 1,000,000 years ago. Moreover, new archeological findings demonstrate that the human species originally appeared in Iran and, then, moved to the east and the west of the world.

After the speech of the President of the Iranology Foundation, the “Comparative Chronology Table of Iran and the World” was unveiled with presence of Dr. Davari Ardakani, Dr. Haddad Adel, and Dr. Molla Salehi.

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This Table consists of 10 vertical columns with Iran appearing in the first column and West Asia and Egypt, East Asia, South Asian, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania, North America, and South America in the next columns, respectively. The divisions in terms of six historical periods, including the Paleolithic Era, the Epipaleolithic Era, the Neolithic Era, the Copper and Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age, are given in rows in different colors. This Table covers a period of about 3,400,000 ago until the rise of the Achaemenid Dynasty.

After the speeches delivered by Dr. Davari Ardakani, Dr. Haddad Adel, and Dr. Molla Salehi on the importance of the project of the “Comparative Chronology Table of Iran and the World”, the following speakers presented their speeches in order to further emphasize the significance of accomplishing this project: Dr. Vahdatinasab on “Chronology of Paleolithic Era in Iran”, Dr. Fazeli on “Significance of Developing an Iranian Calendrical History Based on Absolute Chronology”, Dr. Darabi on “Chronology of the Neolithic Era in Central Zagros”, Dr. Choubak on “Archeology and Chronology”, Dr. Mosaddeq on “An Evaluation of Chronologies of Pre-History in the North of the Center of the Iranian Plateau”, and Dr. Khanipour on “Chronological Sequence of the Cultural Region of Fars and the Challenges Ahead”.

One of the other accomplishments of the Iranology Foundation in this Conference was unveiling the book of Chronology of Paleolithic Era in Iran by Dr. Hamed Vahdatinasab as well as the specialized Quarterly of Iranian Archeological Studies. This event came to an end by appreciating the efforts of colleagues in the scientific and administrative teams who were involved in conducting the project of the Comparative Chronology Table of Iran and the World.

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Dr. Alizadeh’s Meeting with Professors of Belgrade University

Dr. Alizadeh, Information and International Affairs Deputy of the Iranology Foundation, had a meeting with a number of professors of Belgrade University in the Iranology Foundation on 23 April. In this meeting, the participants discussed the contributions they could make to the teaching of the Persian language and Iranology.

Initially, Dr. Alizadeh, introduced the research groups of the Foundation and the International Iranology Society and added that there are presently about 800 active Iranology centers in the world. He also stated that the Iranology Foundation is in contact with all of them and informs them about the latest news regarding the field of Iranology through its Electronic Newsletter every month.

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Next, Ljiljana Marcović, Dean of the Philology Faculty of Belgrade University, provided some explanations about this university and its activities. She maintained that all the Oriental Studies of this University initially began with Iranian studies, and added that the Iranian Studies Institute of Belgrade was founded in 1924.

This meeting continued by speeches by some other participants and a number of suggestions were made by both sides regarding having scientific-educational cooperation, holding joint scientific meetings and conferences, and presenting the scientific achievements of both countries in the fields of Iranology and Belgrade studies. Finally, the two sides decided to write a draft agreement and, after employing the necessary modifications, prepare the final version for the signatures.

Exhibition of the Selected Photos of the 3rd Iranology Photo Festival in Shafaq Culture House

One of the goals of the Iranology Foundation is to display the selected photos of Iranology Photo Festivals in cultural and artistic centers of the country in order to familiarize people with the cultural, natural, historical, and artistic attractions of Iran more than ever before. In line with this purpose, an exhibition displaying a number of the selected works of the 3rd Iranology Photo Festival on the theme of “Flora and Fauna of the Persian Gulf” was held on 9 April-10 May with the cooperation of Shafaq Cultural House in this cultural center.

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The opening ceremony of this Exhibition began with speeches by Dr. Ghodratollah Alizadeh, Information and International Affairs Deputy of the Iranology Foundation, and Dr. Reza Bastami, Manager of Shafaq Culture House. Farshid Shariatmadari, Administration and Maintenance Deputy of the Iranology Foundation, was also present in this event.

In this Exhibition, which was held on the occasion of the National Day of the Persian Gulf (30 April), the authorities paid tribute to the family of one of the esteemed martyrs of the Iran-Iraq Imposed War in the Persian Gulf. Moreover, some of the publications of the Iranology Foundation on the theme of the Persian Gulf, such as issues 1-7 of the Persian Gulf Studies were displayed to the public in this event.

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Holding the 2nd International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects, and Linguistics

The 2nd International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects, and Linguistics will be held by Pazhouheshgaran Andishmand with the cooperation of some universities, such as Shahid Chamran University of Ahwaz, on 1-2 February 2018. The purpose of the Conference is to explore the current issues regarding different languages and dialects such as Arabic, Turkish and Kurdish

Conference of “Sadi and Victor Hugo” in Tehran

The Conference of Sadi and Victor Hugo was held on 18-19 April 2017 by Book City Cultural Center, Sadi Studies Center, Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran in France, and Hugo Studies Center affiliated with Paris Diderot University (Paris 7) in Book City Cultural Center. Dr. Jean Marc Hovasse, Professor of French Language and Literature and member of the Hugo Studies Center of France, Asghar Nouri (translator and playwright), and Dr. Fatemeh Eshghi (Head of the French Translation Department of Allameh Tabataba’i University, attended the second day of this Conference. Emphasizing Hugo’s poems, particularly his Les Orientales, Professor Hovasse discussed the influence of the master of poetry, Sadi Shirazi, on the literary works of this French distinguished figure.

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Harvesting Saffron Iran

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