Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD
for Proper Cultural Heritage Research
13 January 2007
(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
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