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News number: 9101140717

09:07 | 2012-04-08

Culture

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Iran to Commemorate Attar Next Week

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian literati will gather in the Northeastern city of Neyshabur to celebrate the National Attar Day on April 13 and 14.



"Figures including Attar and Khayyam are the identity of Iran and the world. Moreover our Iranian and Islamic culture is known through such characters; since they built the history of our civilization," Manager of the executive headquarters of the National Attar Day Seyed Jalal Hashemi said in an interview with the Iranian book news agency

Talking about the conference, he added, "Currently the commemoration headquarters has been founded and the scientific committee has kicked off as well."

The literati will be gathering at the mausoleum of the classical Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar (c. 1145-1221) in Neyshabur as an annual ritual.

Several experts on Attar are invited to attend a conference arranged one day ahead of the national day on April 12 at the Simorgh Cultural Center in Neyshabur, Jalal Hashemi added.

Ahmad Ahmadi, Nasrin Faqih, Mehdi Seyedi, and Gholamreza Khaki are among the scholars who will be speaking at the conference, he said.

Asrar-Nama, Mantiq at-Tayr (Conference of the Birds), Mosibat-Nama, Elahi-Nama, Mokhtar-Nama, Khosrow-Nama and Tadkerat al-Awliya are among Attar's masterpieces.

Attar's most famous work "The Conference of the Birds" is an allegorical poem describing the quest of the birds, which symbolically represent Sufis, for the mythical Simorgh, or Phoenix.