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Sunday, 02 December 2012 18:57

Indian university holds confab on Iran’s mystic poet Mowlavi

An international conference on the life and literary works of the world-renowned Persian poet Mowlavi has been held at the Aligarh Muslim University in India.

Iranian and Tajik Ambassadors to India along with Afghanistan’s cultural attaché and many Persian language professors attended the conference titled “Mowlavi’s spirituality in Modern Day”, ISNA has reported.

Persian Language Research Center of the Aligarh University in collaboration with India’s Cultural Relations Council organized the two-day international conference.

The Head of Persian Language Research Center Azarmidokht Safavi recited some poems of the poet in his speech delivered in the inauguration ceremony of the event.

Several books of the poet translated in Indian were unveiled at the ceremony as well.

Iran’s ambassador dedicated some 500 volumes of The Nahj al-Balagha (Peak of Eloquence) to the library of Aligarh Muslim University.

Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi, known Mowlavi in Persian, was a 13th century Persian poet, mystic and theologian.

Mowlavi who is also known as Rumi in Western countries, was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and passed away in Konya, Turkey, where he was laid to rest.

Mowlavi is better known for his six-volume poem Masnavi which is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of both Islamic mysticism and Persian literature.


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