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Establishing the Iranology Center at the University of Lisbon in Portugal

On 14 May 2018, the Iranology Center was opened at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Previously, the academic activities in the field of Iranology were very limited in Portugal, thus the Iranology Foundation decided to establish a center in this country in order to expand the domain of Iranian studies there. Accordingly, on 4 July 2017, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the University of Lisbon and the Iranology Foundation, in which this point was recorded as one of the terms of agreement. Following the efforts of the Iranology Foundation and the Iranian Embassy in Portugal, the Iranology Center was eventually established in Lisbon. Acting upon the suggestion of this University, the Iranology Foundation agreed to appoint Professor Sepideh Radfar as the president of the Iranology Center. She studied French literature and language at the University of Tehran and Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures at Sorbonne University in Paris. She was a professor at the University of Tehran and University of Lisbon and has mastery over French and Portuguese languages.

Professors of Tallinn University (Estonia) Visiting the Information and International Affairs Deputy of the Iranology Foundation

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On 6 January 2017, a group of professors and Iranologists of Tallinn University of Estonia met Ghodratollah Alizadeh, Information and International Affairs Deputy of the Iranology Foundation. Katrin Niglas, Research Deputy of Tallinn University and Alari Allik, Professor of Japanese language and literature, were also present in this meeting.

According to the authorities of Tallinn University, Estonian academic centers have not been much active in the field of Iranology, and their university intends to expand the teaching of Iranology and Persian language in their country with the cooperation of Iran. Presently, Arabic, Turkish, and Persian are taught at Tallinn University; however, owing to the specific status of Iran, they wish to establish an Iranology department at their university. One of the demands of the Estonian mission was to have the cooperation of Iranian authorities in order to facilitate the participation of Estonian university students in Persian language and Iranology coursesoffered at Iranian academic centers.

End of the Research Project of “Education and Training in West Azerbaijan Province” at the Iranology Foundation (Urmia Branch)

One of the entries of the Comprehensive Encyclopedia of West Azerbaijan Province entitled “Education and Training in West Azerbaijan Province” was completed at the Iranology Foundation, Urmia Branch. The necessary research for this entry began at this branch on 21 April 2017 and finished on 19 February 2018. This project consists of two parts on traditional education and modern education, which have been probed in different cities and counties inWest Azerbaijan including Urmia, Khoy, Chaypareh, Mahabad, Miandoab, Naghadeh, Takab, Shahin Dezh, Sardasht, Oshnavieh, Salmas, Chaldoran, Maku, Piranshahr, Bukan, Poldasht, and Showt. The researchers involved in this project have investigated seminaries or schools for religious studies (both Shi’ite and Sunnite) and the history of the universities of West Azerbaijan, such as Urmia University, Farhangian University, Urmia University of Technology, and Islamic Azad University (West Azerbaijan branches).

The required data for the project were compiled through field studies (separately in each county or city) and from library sources, documents, and pictures by the researchers of the Iranology Foundation (Urmia Branch) and a number of university professors, and local researchers.

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Opening the Iranology Section in the Library of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

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On 25 December 2017, the Iranology and Persian Literature Section was officially opened in the Library of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences with presence of Ali Mohammad Helmi, Iranian Cultural Attaché to Greece; Professor Ismini Kriari, Rector of Panteion University, and a number of the professors and students of different universities in Athens. This section includes some books on Iranian culture, history, and contemporary political issues.

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences is one of the three most important universities in Greece and one of the oldest universities in Europe in the field of social sciences.

Call for the International Conference on “Farid al-Din Attar Nishapuri: Life, Works, and Thoughts”

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The International Conference of “Farid al-Din Attar Nishapuri: Life, Works, and Thoughts” will be held on 14-15 April 2018 in Tehran. The main themes of the Conference are given below:

- Attar’s Life

- Comparative Studies of Attar and other Gnostics

- Attar’s Literary Place

- Rhetorical and Aesthetic Features of Attar’s Works

- Philosophical, Gnostic, and KalamiFeatures of Attar’s Works

- Dramatic Potentials of Attar’s Works

- Interdisciplinary Studies of Attar’s Works

- Reflection of Attar’s Works in Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature

- Linguistic Features of Attar’s Works

- Introducing the Invaluable Manuscripts of Attar’s Works

- Attar’s Works from the Perspective of other Sciences and Arts

- Comparative Studies of Attar and other Scholars

- Other related themes

Holding the 9thEdition of European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS) in Berlin

The 9th edition of the European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS 9) will be held on 9-13 September 2019 by the European Iranology Society (Societas Iranologica Europaea (S.I.E.)) in Berlin. This event is one of the largest European conferences in the field of Iranology which is held every four years and hosts a great number of Iranologists and researchers from different European Universities and academic centers and organizations. This year, the Institute of Iranian Studies, affiliated withthe Open University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) will host the Conference. The main themes of the Conference are as follows:

• Persian Literature

• Iranian Philology

• History

• Religious Studies

• Cultural Studies

• Art and Archaeology

• Anthropology

Initiating the Second Stage of Corpus Avesticum Berolinense(CAB) in 2018

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The Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, announced that the German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided to fund the project of Corpus Avesticum Berlinense (CAB) for 12 years beginning in 2018. The purpose of this project is to compile a complete edition bearing all Zoroastrian rituals attested in Avestan manuscripts. This project will be later sent to the European Parliament to be approved. During the first stage of this project, which began in 2015 and was carried out with the cooperation of Iranaologist and linguists from Frankfort University (Germany), University of Salamanca (Spain), Open University of Berlin (Germany), Georg-August University of Göttingen (Germany), and University of Bologna, 300,000 Avestan manuscripts were collected and translated.

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