conference on the Iranian mystic poet Mowlana
Jalaludin Rumi (b. September 1207 - d.17th December
1273), kicked off on Tuesday in Tehran, attended by
experts from Iran and other countries.
the opening ceremony, Deputy Science, Research and
Technology Minister Hadi Khaniki said misunderstandings
and mistrust created as a result of cultural despotism
over time have distanced us from one another, while
there has been a history of dialog in our culture which
Rumi has perpetuated.
He noted knowing about the ideas of Rumi would increase
knowledge that could be used to raise the capability of
cultures for conducting dialog.
"Rumi's ideas could be used to deal with violence
and unkindness," Khaniki added. On his part, Qolam
Ali Haddad Adel, an MP from Tehran, described Rumi as a
key to opening the history of thought in Iran.
He noted despite his Gnostic, divine stature, Rumi lived
among the ordinary people and shared their bitter and
Meanwhile Islamic Guidance and Culture Minister Ahmad
Masjed Jame'i told the ceremony the corpus of the
Iranian culture was an inseparable part of the human
culture and civilization, one of which Rumi is an
Referring to some 70 translations of Rumi works
published in 2000, the minister said this showed the
Gnostic need of the humanity today.
The two day conference on Rumi's ideas for modern man
includes presentation of some 42 papers.