11-MAR-2018: Institute of Persian Research starts three-day international seminar
Aligarh, March 11: The Institute of Persian Research, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in collaboration with the Indian Council of Historical Research and Iran Culture House, New Delhi today organised a three-day international seminar on ?Ethical Values: A Legacy of Persian Literature?.
Inaugurating the seminar, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that universities are known for their work in humanities and language departments and many prestigious universities such as Cambridge and Oxford are known for their outstanding studies in literature and social sciences .
He added that departments of Persian, Arabic and Urdu at AMU since their inception played a pivotal role in stitching up a warm rapport with Persian and Arabic speaking countries. ?India has age age long ties with Iran,? said the Vice Chancellor adding that AMU has a good strength of Iranian students pursuing different courses.
?I met with the chief-protocol-officer of the President of Iran, Mr Hasan Rouhani during his recent visit to New Delhi,? recalled Prof Mansoor "it was a pleasant surprise to learn that the officer was an AMU alumnus who fondly remembers his student days".
"There was a time when the AMU football team had many Iranian students who participated in various tournaments all over the country", he further added
The Vice Chancellor assured the AMU administration?s support for the Institute of Persian Research and the Department of Persian in the university. He said that AMU stands for making the existing historical relations of India and Iran stronger through collaborations with Iranian academic institutions in Persian language and other subjects and fields.
Delineating Persian influence in India, the Vice Chancellor said that Persian was once the court language of India and the British got Persian documents translated into English during their rule.
In the keynote address, Prof Azarmi Dukht Safavi discussed Persian writings on ethics, values and moral conduct during the medieval age, and she referred to many mystic-ethical texts.
?The crowning glory of Persian language and literature, since time immemorial, has been the propagation of ethical thought and values,? said Prof Safavi adding that through an effective interpretation and perception of religion, spirituality, Tasawwuf and the inter-relationship between the individual and society, the Persian poets and writers have successfully formulated a code of conduct based on goodness and truth.
Prof Safavi added that the socio-political conditions of India and Iran over the centuries, temperament, mystical inclination and desire to rise above the ordinary have paved way for creation of a mystico-ethical literature. ?In today?s world we need to read the Persian literature even more because it teaches us love, harmony, unity, peace and co-existence,? she said.
Dr Ali Dehgahi (Cultural Counsellor, Iran Culture House, New Delhi) spoke about the old and long cultural relations between India and Iran. He added that these relations were based on the desire of promoting ethical values and creating a peaceful society.
Prof S M Asad Ali Khurshid, Director, Institute of Persian Research, AMU, discussed the theme and the various sessions of the seminar.
Prof Hosein Bayat and Prof Ali Mohammad Moezzini also spoke on the occasion.
Prof Mohammad Zahid (Dean, Faculty of Arts) delivered the welcome address, while Prof S M Asghar proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Ehteshamuddin conducted the programme.
On the occasion books and seminar volumes were also released. They were Bedil Dehlavi; Iqtibasul Anwar by M Akram Brasvi; Bedil aur Iqbal by Prof Ahsanul Zafar, A Critical Edition of Persian Historical Texts in Bengal ? an Assessment by Dr M Mansoor Alam; Hind wa Irani Tehzeebi Asaraat aur Darashakoh by Dr M Abbas (Department of Sunni Theology AMU); Hadeeqa-e- Ishrat of Durga Prasad Mahr, edited by Ahmad Naved Yasir; Karanama-e-Ishq by Dr Mohd Tauseef and Tohfatul Ahbaab by Prof Ghulam Rasool Jah.
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