The 26th Tehran International Book Fair held a session about the impact of Iranian scholars on other countries’ literature. During the session, Bahman Namvar Motlagh said that Javad Hadidi is the father of comparative literature in Iran.
IBNA: The session was held shedding light on French literature. Speeches were delivered on From Saadi to Aragon, a book by late Javad Hadidi. The meeting was attended by Esmaeel Azar, Ilmira Dadvar, Bahman Namvar Motlagh, Tahmuras Sajedi as well as Ebrahim Hajipur.
A group has been founded in the field of comparative literature in Sokhan-e Rah Publications for expanding comparative literature, Azar said and added: “Several books have been released by the center’s researchers in order to promote Persian however such great activities require group works and the publishers and researchers should enter the field as well.”
Moreover Dadvar talked about From Saadi to Aragon saying that we need to complete the research. The book is valuable for the researchers of comparative literature. The activities of Hadidi carried love. He was a teacher, through which I as a student learned about Voltaire and Rousseau.
Bahman Namvar Motlagh started his speech presenting explanations about the book. He believes that the book holds prominence in the field of literature and many students and researchers have used it.
Hadidi is the father of Iran’s comparative literature. He worked in two fields; first in the field of research and studying translations (based on Quranic translations) and the other one was his researchers. Hadidi’s work is unique in the world, Namvar Motlagh said.
He also paid homage to Zarrinkub and late Honarmandi, as two researchers of comparative literature, and added: “No other books are as comprehensive as Hadidi’s works. Hadidi’s book screens the impact of Iran’s culture and literature, particularly, on France and Europe. He went on to say that through comparative literature, the young generation will learn the history and literature of other regions.
Namvar Motlagh also suggested the establishment of a center named after Hadidi. In other news, Tahmuras Sajedi said: “Hadidi’s main activities were themed on Islamic researches as well as Iranian culture and literature. Comparative literature is a path towards literary and cultural exhilaration.”
The 26th Tehran International Book Fair wrapped up today in a ceremony attended by a number of cultural officials, literati, journalists and exhibitors.