In the inaugural speech, Former Vice Chancellor, Allahabad University, Prof Naimur Rahman Farooqi said that the tolerant and benevolent policy of Mughal Emperor Akbar and his patronage of learning made possible the conditions in which Persian literature and culture flourished.
He added that Abul Fazl's letters known as Insha-i-Abul Fazl, are regarded as models of epistolary composition and were imitated by scholars throughout the Mughal period.
Prof Farooqi said that Persian poetry occupied a special place in medieval age as the most popular vehicle of literary expression with Muslims, both in Mughal dynasty in India and the Safavid dynasty in Iran. "Poetry served the Persians and the Mughals as an easy vehicle to give expression to everything around them," further said Prof Farooqi.
"There were many in Akbar's days that practiced Poetry in Persian as a regular profession, while others resorted to it as a means of relaxation, or in pursuit of culture," said Prof Farooqi adding that owing to the patronage extended to poetry, thousands of poets, both Indians and Persians, flocked to Akbar's court.
He also said that even though the Safavid rulers criticized the Sabq-e-Hindi (Poetry from India) because of the excessive use of metaphors but the Safavid rulers like the Mughals made Persian as their court and official language. "It can be seen that Persian slowly replaced the popularity of Turkish and Azerbaijani in the Mughal and Safavid empires," said Prof Farooqi.
Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia said that the Persian culture and literature had a lot of encouragements during Mughal Emperor Akbar's rule. "From becoming an official language of the Mughal Empire to becoming popular with common people, Persian language became instrumental in recording events and translating epics," said Prof Talat.
He pointed out that Abul Fazl translated into Persian many outstanding Sanskrit works, such as, the Kishan Joshi, the Ganga Dhar, the Mahesh, the Mahanand, the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Atharva Veda, Lilawati and Rajatarangini among other works.
Prof Kafil Ahmad Qasmi, Dean, Faculty of Arts in his remarks said that both Mughals and Safavids started their rule in India and Iran in the 16th Centuries and both adapted Persian as their official languages. He further said that both Safavids and Mughals made their countries economic powers and great nations.
Welcoming the guests at the seminar, Prof Azarmi Dukht Safavi, Director, Seminar said that India at the time of Mughals got great poets from the Safavid Iran as a result of migrations from Iran to India.
She added that Emperor Akbar had referred to Safavid ruler Shah Abbas as Bradaran-e-Shah Abbas (brother Shah Abbas) in a letter written to the Safavid ruler, urging him to show mercy to his subjects.
She also pointed out that Akbar had also started a movement led by Abul Fazal to preserve Persian in its original form.
While Dr Ali Dehlagi gave his special remarks on the three-day seminar, Dr Mehri Bagheri read out a message from Dr Haddad Adil, Former Speaker, Iranian Parliament to the seminar participants.
Prof Mahdi Mahoozi, Head, Department of Persian, Roodhahan University, Iran attended the inaugural of the seminar as a Guest of Honour.
Dr Ehteshamuddin conducted the programme and Prof Syed Mohd Asad Ali Khursheed delivered the vote of thanks with a poem written for the dignitaries attending the programme.
On this occasion, the AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd), released half a dozen of Persian books.
Scholars, students, social scientists and Iranologists from Iran, Afganistan, Tajiskistan and various parts of India are attending the three-day seminar.
Related PicturesProf. Talat Ahmad Vice Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia addressing at an International Seminar on Persian Language