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  • Jaleh Amouzgar , Famous University Professor

    The Shahnameh can tighten the cultural relationship of Iran with other countries

    Iran Theater- AliAkbar Abdulalizadeh: Jaleh Amouzgar ( born 2 December 1939 in Khoy, West Azerbaijan) is a world-class Iranist and a university professor. Amouzgar holds a Ph. D. degree from Sorbonne University in Iranistics (Iranian linguistics).


    Iran Theater- AliAkbar Abdulalizadeh: Jaleh Amouzgar ( born 2 December 1939 in  Khoy) is a world-class Iranist and a university professor. Amouzgar holds a Ph. D. degree from Sorbonne University in Iranistics (Iranian linguistics). She is currently chairman of the department of Ancient Iranian Culture and Languages at Tehran University. Prof. Amouzgar in collaboration with Prof. Ahmad Tafazzoli has contributed significantly to Ancient Iranian studies and the history of literature in ancient Iran.She is also associated with the Encyclopædia Iranica project at Columbia University.She has won numerous awards including Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and Persian Cypress Award (an Iranian Cultural Heritage Prize) in 2016.This reprint interview is part of the Book " Cinema and the Iranian World "  by Ali Akbar Abulalizadeh.

    Jaleh Amouzgar considers the most important Iran's presence in the world to be literary, and regrets that we are reluctant to adopt literary because she believes that referring to literary texts and paying attention to Iranian stories can be effective in identifying and recognizing the Iranian people and Iranian cultural zone.

    She said:” We should pay attention to culture because people live in their culture, but sometimes they do not know it correctly. Culture is a need of life, and we must know  to be interested in it. Another consequence of this recognition is to find our communities and this leads to proximity, solidarity and increased communication among people. We also recognize in this recognition that we must respect and respect other cultures as well.”

    “Creating an understanding and deepening of this understanding is effective in improving cultural relations between countries, but focusing on it can be sensitive. For example, a seminar about children's games is held, and each country presents information about its own and collects information from all of the data. In myths, symbols and music, and other areas with such a performance, we will achieve good results.” said she about cultural connection between countries that have Iranian culture.

    She believes that the most important Iran's presence in the world to be literary. Iranian literature is unique.

    She went on to say about myths and compare Iranian civilization with other civilizations: “The myth is the dreams and dreams of a nation. In the myth of an immaterial extraterrestrial principle ,  There is a clerical purpose, and there is a material world and a universe. Dreams of a nation come true in myth with gods and demons. Then, as time goes on, the epic is born of myth, meaning that the gods are landed. All civilizations are common in the general myths, all of which have a myth of creativity, have positive and negative characters. That is, the gods in the sky and the demons live underground and create stories in confrontation; all civilizations of Iran, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt and India have  god of war, god of wisdom, god of fertility, but their behavior is different. This is due to the climatic and geographical differences.”

    Amouzgar believes that Ferdowsi's  Shahnameh is one of the everlasting  Iranian books to strengthen the relationship between Iran and countries that have Iranian culture.

    The Shahnameh, also transliterated as Shahnama, "The Book of Kings"), is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. Consisting of some 50,000 "distichs" or couplets (two-line verses),the Shahnameh is the world's longest epic poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. Modern Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and the greater region influenced by the Persian culture (such as Georgia, Armenia, Turkey and Dagestan) celebrate this national epic.





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