Iran and world literary interaction discussed at Tehran Book Fair

TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA) -- The Center for Promotion of Persian Language and Literature held its 7th meeting on Iran and the world literary interaction at the venue of the 22nd Tehran International Book Fair on Sunday.

Guests from the three Persian language speaking countries of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran attending the book fair got together at the meeting to discuss issues concerning Persian language and literature.


Qahreman Soleimani, the director of the center was first who made a short speech and said that the tastes of each country need to be taken into consideration in compiling school books for the countries.


“The three countries of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan each have the same language but have different tastes. The famous Sufi poet Bidel Dehlavi (1642–1720) is very famous among the Afghan nation, while in Iran it is only over the past 20 years that his poetry is practiced. Or in Tajikistan, the position of the mother is highly regarded and a great quantity of poetry on motherhood has been composed there,” he remarked.


He also stressed on making use of modern technology in Persian language teaching and said that this is part of the responsibility of scholars of Persian language teaching in foreign countries.


Mohammad Yaqub Yasna from Afghanistan was the next guest who talked about teaching the Persian language in his country.


He noted that the grandeur of Persian is primarily observed in Iran rather than Tajikistan and Afghanistan and said that the relationship between Dari Persian and Pashto is good in Afghanistan.


Faizah Mirza from Pakistan gave a short report and said that 40 students are studying Persian at the University of Karachi, and six scholars of Persian language are currently teaching at the university.


She further complained that the Persian courses held by the Center for Promotion of Persian Language and Literature have been halted for a while in Pakistan.


Abbasali Vafaii from Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabaii University later announced that interested applicants can come to Iran to continue their Persian studies.


Hassan Saffar-Moqaddam, the author of an educational textbook on how to learn Persian talked about the power of Persian and said, “The Persian language has always played major role in the region, it has had a communicative role as a sweet and enjoyable language with its rich cultural basis. Persian has been a mirror reflecting three thousand years of our nation’s history.”

The Tehran International Book Fair runs until May 16 at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla.





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