Publish Date : Saturday 4 September 2010 - 10:50
The latest cultural headlines in the media.
Intl. Holy Quran Exhibition wraps up

Tehran Times: The 18th International Holy Quran Exhibition concluded with a ceremony on Friday.

The exhibit under the motto of “Quran, the Book of Life” opened at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla on August 8.

Over 340 Iranian publishers and 15 foreign publishing firms displayed their products at the exhibit.


‘Shahnameh’ Recitation Sessions in Paris

Iran Daily: Iran’s Cultural Office in France will soon hold ‘Shahnameh’ recitation sessions in Paris.

The move aims to mark the millennial anniversary of the creation of Shahnameh (Grand Book), a magnum opus by the renowned Persian poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Fars News Agency wrote.

Acquaintance with Shahnameh and aesthetics in Persian poetry are among the topics for discussion at the sessions.

After the registration of Shahnameh Millennium on UNESCO’s calendar in 2010, much effort are being undertaken to introduce Ferdowsi internationally.

Shahnameh has an unprecedented status in Persian history. It is considered a crucial component in the existence of the Persian language.

Ferdowsi (935–1020) is a highly revered Persian poet and one of the undisputed giants of Persian literature.
After Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, a number of other literary works similar in nature have surfaced over the centuries. Without exception, all such works were based in style and method on Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, but none of them could achieve the same degree of popularity as Ferdowsi’s masterpiece.

Because of the strides he made in regenerating the Persian language and cultural traditions, Ferdowsi has a unique place in Persian history.


‘Stories of Majid’ Most Popular Children Book

Iran Daily: The Persian ‘Stories of Majid’, written by Houshang Moradi-Kermani, has been reported the most popular book among Iranian children according to statistics released by Iran’s Children and Young Adults Library Website.

Over 80 visitors read ‘Stories of Majid’, released by Moin Publications, online in the past two weeks. ‘Encyclopedia of the Human Body’ edited by Richard Walker and ‘Soroush Magazine for Children’ took the second and third places, respectively.

Stories selected from the ‘Stories of Majid’ will soon be published in a single book in the United States. The book has been translated into many languages such as Chinese.

Moradi-Kermani (born September 7, 1944) is an eminent Iranian writer of books for children and teenagers. In 1992, he was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his contributions to children’s literature.

Iran’s Children and Young Adults Library Website is available at www.ketabkhanekoobak.ir. It was launched in May 2010.


Iranian Publishers to Attend Moscow Fair

Iran Daily: Iran’s Alam Al-Hoda Publishing House will participate in the 23rd International Book Fair in Moscow with 300 titles of books in various fields.

The Iranian publications are actively taking part at the event for the fifth consecutive years, IRNA said.

The books focus on religion, Iranian studies, history, literature, Persian language education, holy Qur’an studies, philosophy and thoughts of the father of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Persian, English and Russian.
Alam Al-Hoda Publishing House plans to unveil the Russian version of Iran’s Constitution Law during the book exhibit.

The document has so far been rendered into 30 live languages in the world.

In addition, SAMT Publishing House, Amir Kabir Publishing House and Institute of Cultural Exhibitions are to take part in Moscow Book Fair, which is being held from September 1-6.

Sheikh Bahaei & Fedowsi Int'l Prize to be established

CHTN: Secretary of UNESCO Commission in Iran announced that Iran is going to establish the world prize for Sheikh Bahaei and Ferdowsi in UNESCO.

'' The world prices must be prepare and compile according to special rules and regulations of UNESCO,'' said Mohammad Reza Saeiabadi.

Each country can submit the name of its international figures for inscription on UNESCO World prize list, he added.

UNESCO each two year introduce a list of international figures who meet the UNESCO standards, he stressed.


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