Not spies, we’re Iranologists: Dutch scholar

Publish Date : Sunday 28 May 2017 - 18:23
IBNA- In an Iranology meeting, Delaware University Professor and historian of the Safavid era, Rudi Matthee, said that he hopes in the new era of Iran research on the country’s ancient civilization is facilitated.
According to IBNA correspondent, in this meeting which was held on Saturday at the House of Literati affiliated to Iran’s Book House Institute, Rudi Matthee (PhD) pointed to the difficulties of Iranian studies and said: “Relations between Iran and the U.S. was restrained after the Islamic Revolution and cooperation between American organizations and Iranian universities came to an end. The new generation of Iranologist were faced with the problem of learning the Persian language and so went to Tajikistan to learn Persian and resolve the problem to some extent.”
The author of the book ‘Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan’ continued: “Although the problem of the travel of Iranologist to Iran has continued to date, it has not caused the heritage of the Islamic Iran to lose its brilliance and importance, and this area has continued its human communications through emails.”
Referring to the popularity of studying the Shi’a faith, Matthee said: “The victory of the Islamic Revolution led to extensive Iranian studies related to Shiism. This is while there were very few books in this area before.”
“The second generation of Iranians whose parents immigrated to the U.S. have done amazing research about Iran. These were people who were the students of tutors like Abbas Amanat and were employed at various places and are really active, despite the fact that they are not Persian speakers and were born in America, but they search their roots in English at the age of 18,” the scholar stated.
“This searches has led to the writing of several books about the Iranian identity in which many questions such as When Iran became a country are answered,” he added.
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