Newsletter 24

Holding the Iranology Meeting at the Iranology Foundation

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On 20 November 2017, a group of professors of Jagiellonian University (Kraków), University of Warsaw, and Poznan University visited Ayatullah Professor Seyyed Muhammed Khamenei, President of the Iranology Foundation, and provided some explanations regarding their scientific activities in the field of Iranology. In this meeting, the President of the Foundation, while expressing his satisfaction at the presence of the Polish guests in Iran as their second homeland, maintained that the history of scientific Iranological activities in Poland goes back to 20 years ago and added that there exists a particular kind of trust between the two countries. During the rest of his speech, he expressed hope that Iran and Poland would benefit from each other’s scientific achievements more than ever before in the future in the light of their common goal, which is clarifying historical realities.

Professor Ayatullah Khamenei also stated that Iran has had several scientific and cultural achievements in the field of Iranology and has provided great services to humanity concerning the expansion of knowledge in the world. In this regard, he referred to the clergymen, called the Magi, who were transferred to different parts of the world in order to establish academic centers and disseminate the original Iranian culture during the Medes Period around 1100 to 1000 BC. He introduced Iranology a generally applied discipline the knowledge of which is both necessary and useful and emphasized that introducing it to the world is a great service to all nations.

After the visit of Polish professors with the President of the Iranology Foundation, another edition of the series of meetings on Iranology in the World entitled “Iranology in Poland” was held in the Foundation. The participants included Ghodratollah Alizadeh, Information and International Affairs Deputy of the Iranology Foundation; Pouran Tahuni, Head of the Higher Education Department of the Iranology Foundation; Reza Nikpour, President of the Polish-Iranian Friendship Association; Ali Shahidi, Head of the Iranology Department at the University of Tehran;Anna Krasnowolska (PhD), Polish Iranologist and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków; Renata Rusek-Kowalska (PhD), Assistant Professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków; Mateusz Mikołaj Kłagisz (PhD), Professor of Iranian languages and expert in Pashto language at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and Stanisław Jaśkowski (PhD), expert in Iranian history, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw.

The attending Polish professors briefly talked about their own scientific activities and those of Polish universities in the fields of Iranology and teaching Persian as a foreign language. According to Professor Krasnowolska, the main purpose of Polish professors is the transfer of the knowledge of Iranology to Poland through the translation of contemporary and classic Persian literature. She mentioned that Iranology turned into an independent major at the University of Warsaw, and between 40 and 50 Polish students are presently studying the related courses. As indicated, one of the ongoing activities in the Iranology Department of the University of Warsaw is the publication of Safavid texts and documents in Polish.

The outcome of this meeting, in addition to the increased familiarity of the two sides with each other’s activities, was the signing of a cooperation agreement with the University of Warsaw and propounding the idea of sisterhood between some Iranian and Polish cities.

It is worth mentioning that the sixth meeting of the series of Iranology meetings on the theme of “Iranology in Poland: Background and Future Perspective” was held in Iranian Book House Organization with presence of the above Polish professors.

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Discovery of Human and Animal Remains of the First and Second Iron Ages in Ramsar

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In November 2017, sixteen graves of the types of simple pit, four-lithostratigraphic, and megalithic kurgan were excavated in Izgam Cemetery, which is one of the historical graveyards in Mazandaran Province, and a number of human and animal remains and artefacts belonging to the early third millennium before Christ or the first and second Iron Ages were discovered.

According to Mohammad Reza Khalatabri, Head of the Scientific Board of Archeological Excavations in IzgamCemetery in Dasht-e Jannat in Ramsar, “The existence of animal remains in all the excavated graves, which sometimes include complete remains of a member of the family Bovidae, indicates the presence of some ethnic groups in this region whose livelihood mainly depended on stockbreeding. These groups were skillful in making different types of pottery, bronze tools such as military weapons and equipment, hunting tools, and unique types of jewelry.

He added that the collected samples have been sent to some academic and research centers in Japan and Sweden to perform the necessary tests. The results of these tests will contribute to our knowledge of the cultural and racial characteristics of the mentioned ethnic groups and significantly decrease the chance of developing incorrect hypotheses in this regard.

Pars Tourism Festival Hosting the Festival of the Unity of Iranian Ethnic Groups

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The Festival of the Unity of Iranian Ethnic Groups was held as one of the programs of the 9th Pars Tourism Festival in Shiraz on 10-13 December 2017. The purpose of this Festival was to familiarize Iranian and foreign visitors with the role of ethnic groups in the development of national identity, folk costume styles, and customs and traditions of different Iranian ethnic groups.

One of the programs of this Festival was displaying the costume of Iranian ethnic groups during different historical periods, including the Sumerians, Assyrians, Elamites, Medians, Persians, Achaemenids, Seleucids, Arsacids, Parthians, Sassanids, Tahirids, Samanids, Ziyarids, Buyids, Ghaznavids, Seljuks, Khwarazmians, Ilkhanids, Timurids, Safavids, Afsharids, Zands, Qajars, and Pahlavis. A number of the representatives of various Iranian ethnic groups also played some of their own traditional musical pieces and performed some of their ethnic rituals in the Festival of the Unity of Iranian Ethnic Groups.

Among the other programs of this Festival was holding some workshops on Mat Weaving in Sistan and Baluchistan, Pottery in Kalpuregan, Suzani (textile) in Sistan and Baluchistan, Giveh Weaving in Paveh, Turkmen Felting, and Lapidary.

Holding the Conference on Symbology in Persian Art at Bojnurd University

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The first “National Conference on Symbology in Persian Art with a Focus on Native Art” was held at Bojnurd University on 10-11 November. The main themes of the Conference included symbology in local arts and handicrafts; symbology in native rituals, traditions, and customs; history of symbology in Iran; symbology in Islamic civilization; symbology in literature; symbols in religions and denominations; symbology in psychology; interdisciplinary studies on symbology, and symbology in graphics, architecture, urbanization, and the related decorative arts.

According to Somayyeh Khazaei, Scientific Secretariat of the Conference, from among the 300 papers sent to the Conference Secretariat, 178 papers were accepted for presentation.

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