Newsletter 23

7thInternational Congress of the Spanish Society of Iranology (SEI) in Madrid, Spain

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The 7thInternational Congress of the Spanish Society of Iranology (SEI) was held in Madrid at the Aut?nomaUniversity on October 16-17 with the collaboration of Iran’s Cultural Attaché in Spain, Spanish Society of Iranian Studies, and the University of Aut?noma. In this 2-day Congress, 20 papers were presented in three categories: Ancient Iran, Iran in the Islamic period, and contemporary Iran. The Congress hosted a number of Iranology professors and masters from Iran, Spain, Turkey, Georgia, and Russia.

Marivan: The World Crafts City of Kalash

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The city of Marivan in Kurdistan Province was registered as the World Crafts City of Kalash. Alavi, General Secretary of Cultural Heritage, Handcraft and Tourism Organization of Kurdistan, stated, “Certain features are necessary for the recognition of each work as a world craft. Kalash-weaving is also common in other towns of Kurdistan province; however, Marivan possessed most of the necessary features for world registration. For example, there are 4553 Kalash-weavers in Marivan, while even the total population of other towns does not amount to this number.

Kalash, also called Giveh, is a traditional handmade footwear which is very popular in Kurdistan. It is woven from natural fibers without using any kind of industrial or pollutant material. In addition to local use, it is also exported to other countries. Giveh weaving has a 1000-year history in Marivan.

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PerformingTazieh in Europe

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With the cooperation of Iran’s Cultural Attaché Office in Germany, an Iranian group of artists performed the Iranian-Islamic ritual of ta’zieh(passion play) in Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt on 5-15 October.

Seyyed Ali Moujani, Iranian Cultural Attaché to Germany, maintained that this program was performed for the first time in Germany and Poland by Qazvin’s ta’zieh group under the supervision of Seyfullah Shokri. This program was performed in Hamburg with the collaboration of Iran’s Cultural Attaché Office in Germany, Hafez Institute, House of Iran in Berlin, Iranian Embassy in Germany, and Iranian Consulate in Hamburg. The program we performed in Persian in both Germany and Poland, but simultaneous translation was also provided in the latter. Master Mohammad Bakhshinia, Master Amir Safari, and Master Mohsen Givehkesh were the ta’ziehkhans (performers) of this program.

The book Maqtal al-Husayn was revealed in Frankfurt International Book Fair as a sub-program of the above event.

Introducing Iran’s Civilizational Heritage in Taihe Forum on Protecting the Worlds Ancient Civilizations

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The 2nd Forum on Protecting the World’s Ancient Civilizations was held on 19-21 September by the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) in Beijing. In the opening ceremony of this Forum, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, some of the cultural figures and authorities of different countries, and Rasul Vatandoust, Professor of Art and Architecture at Islamic Azad University (Central Branch), presented speeches on the efforts of their countries regarding the discovery, conservation, and restoration of ancient monuments and artifacts.

During this 3-day Forum, the participants presented their papers in three categories themed: “Heritage of Ancient Civilizations”, “Recent Values of Ancient Civilizations”, and “Archeological Investigations of Ancient Civilizations and the Archeology of the Silk Route”.

Discovery of Neanderthal Footprints in Eslamabad-e Gharb Plain

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Elham Qasidian, head of an archeological group in Kermanshah Province, reported the discovery of Neanderthal footprints in Eslamabad-e Gharb plain. She stated, “The most important achievement of research activities in Azueh Cave is the finding of some stone tools known as the Mousterian of the Zagros in the lower layers of this area. This discovery, which was first made in Eslamabad-e Gharb region, indicates the spread of the extinct Neanderthal man far up to Eslamabad Plain.

The sounding and rescue activities of the ancient layers of Eshkaft-e Azueh (Sarvanjoq) in Kurdistan province have been performed within the framework of the joint archeological research project conducted by Diar Mehr Paleolithic Research Institute, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies (Cambridge University), Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR), and Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and TourismOrganization of Kermanshah province.

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