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Managers of Syrian Media Organizations visiting the President of the Iranology Foundation

A delegation of 31 Syrian media managers and journalists visited the President of the Iranology Foundation on 5 March 2018. The members of this delegation consisted of the representatives of some media organizations including the Syrian Arab News agency (SANA), al-Ba’ath Newspaper, Tishreen Newspaper, al-Wehda Newspaper, and al-Maseera Newspaper.

At the beginning of this meeting, Moussa Abdelnour, Chairman of the Syrian Journalists Union, maintained that the purpose of their visit was to become familiar with their Iranian brothers and their achievements. He added that Iran is a strategic ally of Syria in their fight against terrorism and international arrogance and emphasized that Syria could use the experience of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in different ways. He also stated that the distinctive message of the Iranian Islamic Revolution was to help the oppressed in all corners of the world and fight against oppressors.

While expressing his gratitude to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian nation for their support of the Syrian nation, Abdelnour declared, “We will remain brothers because the blood of both of our nations has been shed in Syria, which we will promote and protect with our golden pens.” He continued by saying, “We have good political relationships with each other; however, we admit that we have not yet established an equally satisfactory level of social-cultural and scientific relationships with Iran. We intend to take this point into consideration in expanding our connections with each other in future.” Moreover, he acknowledged that Iran has had some important achievements in scientific, cultural, and media fields and is making fast progress in this direction.

Professor Ayatullah Seyyed Muhammed Khamenei, President of the Iranology Foundation, addressed the delegation by stating, “If you had been in Iran on 30 December 2017 or 11 February 2018, you would have witnessed the true face of this country.” He added that Iranians’ purpose of the Islamic Revolution was to stand against oppression and spread justice not only in Iran but also in all Islamic societies and human communities in the world. He maintained that Imam Khomeini used the word arrogance rightfully to describe Zionists’ devouring of the world and humanity and added that today the Syrian nation, in spite of its enemies’ attacks, have attained the insight and awareness that they truly require; they have found their right path, from which they will never return, and their enemies will never be able to conquer such a nation. Professor Khamenei expressed his praise for Syrians by describing them as an honest, noble, and intellectual people with a several-thousand historical background and maintained that their civilization has always influenced their southern and northern neighboring countries. He also stated that the Syrian civilizationexerted a great influence on Romans and the Greeks in the past.

While declaring Iran’s readiness for expanding scientific and cultural relationships and cooperation with Syria, the President of the Iranology Foundation cautioned, “We must pay attention that the media, in particular, play a significant role in providing the context for expanding various kinds of relationship; if a medium is depraved, it will corrupt and deprave people, and if one is insightful and works for God, it can be useful in many different fields. The importance of the media depends on their transfer of knowledge and insight to society.

At the end of this meeting, Moussa Abdelnour awarded the medal of the Syrian Journalists Union to Professor Ayatullah Khamenei as a token of their appreciation for his scientific and cultural endeavors.

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Completing the Third Chapter of the Research Project of "The Magi's Wisdom and Traditions" at the Iranology Foundation

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The third chapter of the research project of "The Magi's Wisdom and Traditions was completed at the Iranology Foundation. In this chapter, the researchers have explored the place and history of the teachings of the Magi as the first philosophers of ancient Iran. Moreover, through investigating the effects of ancient Iranian wisdom on ancient Greek culture, they have tried to search for the traces of the rich ancient Iranian culture in other lands and its influence on their scientific and cultural doctrines and teachings.

The above project began in March 2016 at the Research Deputy Office of the Iranology Foundation, and three of its chapters have been completed so far. The first chapter deals with the history and general traditions of the magi, and the second examines the ancient Iranian and Indian civilizations and the magi's wisdom and religion in these two lands.

It is noted that the final results of this research project will be published in a book by the Iranology Foundation.

Iran in the French Weekly Magazine of Le Point

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The French weekly political and news magazine of Le Point devoted its issue 2364-2365 (21 December 2017) to the history of Iran. This issue, which was published under the title of The Land of Persia; from Cyrus the Great to Today's Iran on the cover, contains some articles by French and Iranian writers and some interviews with them, which have been categorized in three sections entitled: 1. The Empire, 2. Exposure to Islam, and 3. Modern Iran.

At the end of the third part, in an interview with Yann Richard, the Iranologist and retired professor of Sorbonne University, the magazine introduces modernism in Iran before the Islamic Revolution and, then, through providing a general perspective of today's Iran, explains some of the distinctive features of this country. At the end of this section, in an article titled A Guide to Iran, the tourist attractions of Iran are introduced.

Holding the Conference Dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of Establishing the Persian Language and Literature Division at Peking University

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The Persian Language and Literature Division of Peking University held a conference dedicated to the 60th anniversary of establishing this course at Peking University on 25th November, 2017.

In the inauguration ceremony of this Conference, which was attended by 100 of the Persian Language Professors and graduates of this University over the last 60 years, some speeches were delivered by Ali Asghar Khaji, Iranian Ambassador to China; Professor Ning Qi, President of the School of Foreign Languages at Peking University; Hva Liming, ex-Ambassador of China to Iran, and Abdolmajid Eskandari, Director General of the Office of International Affairs at the University of Tehran.

In the second part of theevent, the representatives of different generations of Persian Language students of this university from 1957 up to the present time delivered some short speeches. Dr. Adelkhani and Dr. Zarvan Bakhtiyar were two of such speakers.

The third part of this Conference, which was held in the afternoon of the same day, included two round-table discussions about "Iranology" and " Promoting the Level of Teaching the Persian Language".

Openning the Center for Iran Cultural Research Center at Xi'an International Studies University

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On 15 December 2017, the Iran Cultural Center was opened at Xi'an International Studies University with presence of Jiang Yajun, Vice-President of Xi'an International Studies University; Mohammad Rasul Almasiyeh, Iranian Cultural Attaché to China, Seyyed Jalal Emam, Director of the Persian Language Division of this University; a number of professors of Persian Language Division, and some of the officials of the School of Oriental Studies.

Xi'an International Studies University is one of four major universities of foreign language studies in China. It was established in 1952 and, now, after 65 years, is a comprehensive university devoted to the teaching of foreign languages, human sciences, social sciences, and management, as well as research in the mentioned fields.

While appreciating the opening of the Iran Cultural Research Center at Xi'an University only less than five years after launching the Persian Language Course there, Mohammad Rasul Almasiyeh maintained that Iran’s Cultural Center in China will consider the provision of the required books and cultural materials for this research center and will willingly contribute to and cooperate in its peripheral activities such as holding cultural and instructional meetings.

At the end of this event, the name board of Iran Cultural Research Center was unveiled, and a number of valuable books on Iranian art and Iranology were donated to the University.

Xi'an International Studies University has about 20,000 students and 1000 professors and personnel. The Persian Language Course was launched at this University in 2012 and admits 30 students every year.

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Discovery of 48 Arsacid and Sassanid Graves in Amlash

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Vali Jahani, supervisor of the archeology group of Liar-Sang-Bon Cemetery of Amlash, reported the discovery of 48 graves over three archeological excavation seasons. These graves date back to the Arsacid (Parthian) and Sassanid periods.

Referring to the performed archaegenetic studies, the group supervisor maintained that, due to the geo-strategic importance of this region and its role in the political conditions of Iran during the Arsacid and Sassanid periods and also because of the lack of sufficient historical and archeological data regarding this region, this season of archeological excavations was carried out with the cooperation of Noor Genetic Studies Center. Moreover, some laboratory research has been conducted on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the Y chromosome. This is the first time that archaeogenetic studies on human remains are performed by Iranian experts.

According to Vali Jahani, the purpose of archaeogenetic studies is to access certain data concerning the age and gender of human bodies, learn about common diseases, determine the population origin, and estimate the amount and quality of the relationships of the communities in this region with those in its neighboring areas.

The ancient complex of Liar-Sang-Bon of Amlash is located near Shirchak village in the suburbs of Rankuh district in Amlash County.

Publication of Two Books in Kazakhstan with the Cooperation of Iran's Cultural Center in Almaty

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In autumn 2017, two books were published in Almaty with the cooperation of the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The title of the books were A Glance at Iranian Contemporary Literature, written by Ahmad Khatami and translated by Ainash Kasym, and Teaching Persian to Kazakh Students, written by Rosa Sadighava, Professor of Persian Language and edited by Javad Jalali Kiasari, Iranian Cultural Attaché to Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The book of Teaching Persian to Kazakh Students has been written with the purpose of teaching Persian to Kazakh language learners. One of the unique features of this book is the use of Kazakh local names, symbols, pictures, and rituals.

The book of A Glance at Iranian Contemporary Iranian Literature consists of two chapters: “Contemporary Iranian Poetry” and “Contemporary Story Writing”. This book was written at the suggestion of the Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kazakhstan following the cooperation agreement between Shahid Beheshti University and al-Farabi University regarding the translation of Persian books into Kazakh language.

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