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Iran's Burnt City
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Active ImageIran's 'Burnt City', a Bronze Age archeological treasure trove, was once one of the world's largest communities at the dawn of urban settlement. The city, called Shahr-e-Sookhteh, sits on the banks of the Helmand river along the Zahedan-Zabol road in the southeast province of Sistan.
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Shahnameh Commemoration
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Active ImageA commemoration ceremony has been held at the National Museum of Iran to mark the millennial anniversary of Ferdowsi's epic masterpiece Shahnameh. The Shahnameh is an impressive monument of poetry and historiography, being mainly the poetical recast of what Ferdowsi and his predecessors regarded as the account of Iran's history.
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Hafiz and the West
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Active ImageInterest in Hafiz in the West started in the eighteenth century when Sir William Jones translated a few poems in 1771. The poetry of Hafiz has intoxicated and continues to intoxicate many in the world. The exhilarating effect of his poetry was also known to the poet himself.
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Hafiz, the 'Interpreter of Secrets'
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Active ImageBorn in 1315, Shamseddin Mohammad, known as Hafiz, grew up in the city of Shiraz where he studied Qur'anic sciences. In his youth he learned the Quran rigorously and assumed the epithet 'Hafiz' which means the one who knows the Quran by heart. Also known as the 'Tongue of the Hidden' and the 'Interpreter of Secrets', Hafiz utilizes grand religious ideas and mingles them with Sufistic teachings, thereby creating a kind of poetry which baffles interpretation.
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Mount Khwaja, Eyewitness to Iranian History
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Active ImageIran's Sistan-Baluchistan Province is steeped in ancient history datable to over 5000 years and boasts of the most significant archeological and historical sites in the country.
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Sheikh Bahai Prominent Scholar of Safavid Era
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Active ImageShaykh Bahai was a scholar, philosopher, architect, mathematician, astronomer and poet in 16th-century Iran. He was born in Baalbek, Lebanon but immigrated in his childhood to Safavid Iran with his father. He wrote over 88 books in different topics mostly in Persian but also in Arabic. He is buried in Imam Reza's shrine in Mashad in Iran.
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Imam Mosque
Monday, April 5, 2010
Active ImageImam Mosque (Masjid-e Jam 'e Abbasi), also called Masjid-e Shah (Royal Mosque) before the victory of Islamic Revolution, is one of the finest and the most stunning buildings in the world standing in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square(Isfahan).
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International Day of Nowruz
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Active ImageThe General Assembly this afternoon recognized the International Day of Nowruz, a spring festival of Persian origin, and moved back the dates of the next high-level dialogue on Financing for Development, as it continued its sixty-fourth session.
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Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Active ImageThe most important pilgrimage centre of the city of Shiraz is the Mausoleum of Mir Sayyed Ahmad, the son of the seventh Emam known as Shah-e-Cheragh (the Shrine of the lord of the light), which is situated near the Masjed-e-No. Mir Sayyed Ahmad came to Ahiraz at the beginning of the third Islamic century, and died there. After the shrines of Imam Reza in Mashhad and Fatima in Qum, the third most venerated pilgrimage destination in Iran is the shrine of Shah Cherag in the city of Shiraz.
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Persian Coins
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Active ImagePersia has a checkered history but has maintained much of its own character, and this is clearly evident in the wide variety of coins it produced throughout the centuries. In Persian history, monarchs and rulers minted coins whether in gold or silver to represent their authority over their own people and their neighboring states. At certain periods, the coins can rightly be considered as miniature works of art.
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