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Call for Proper Cultural Heritage Research


13 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A cultural heritage researcher said that the process of research studies in cultural heritage in Iran is too weak and this has had a negative impact on primary sources available for university students to conduct research.

Abbas Molla-Esmaili speaking to Persian service of ISNA that while Iran is one of the most important countries in terms of historic, ancient and Islamic monuments, it is also one of the most problematic countries in the fields of research and documents, particularly giving references about ancient edifices.

“Any researcher, whether a university student, an academician or one who is interested in history and cultural heritage or someone who seeks information in Persian texts will certainly face problems,“ he added.

“One of the problems facing researchers of cultural heritage is the absence of specific research duty. University students also lack the motivation to conduct research on cultural and historical topics,“ the researcher added.

Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, cultural heritage studies have not been developed adequately, due to the lack of moral and financial support from the Islamic regime (which is in accordance with their policy of the de-Iranianisation of the country); in addition to the socio-economic problems, caused by the theocratic regime's inability to utilise the national resources, as well as failures in orchestrating and administrating a healthy economy, not many Iranian students have found historical, cultural and heritage an attractive field of study to be engaged in learning. If this crisis continues to be the case, the fundamental-consequences may impede and haunt the generations of Iranians to come.



Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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