The Meeting on the “Development of Philosophical Thought in Ancient Iran”

 Decoding the Silent Texts of Ancient Iran in the History of Philosophy                  06.05.2009


Last week, the sixth scientific-specialized meeting on the “Development of Philosophical Thought in Ancient Iran” was held in the Sadra Islamic Philosophy Institute with presence of Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei and other masters of archeology, philosophy, and linguistics of the important universities of the country.

Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei, the President of the Institute, referred to the remains and effects discovered by archeologists as silent texts. He added that if they are decoded by means of comparative discussions, a lot of the secrets and mysteries which are hidden in them will be revealed. Through emphasizing the importance of discovering archeological works and effects by means of accurate studies and excavations, he maintained that the category of calligraphy and writing can be a very important factor in discovering the roots of some ancient civilizations.

Dr. Muhammed Rahim Sarraf, the faculty member of Cultural Legacy Organization and Tehran University, was one of the speakers of this meeting. He delivered a speech on the “Culture and Art of the Elamites, the Founder of the Ancient Land of Iran”. In doing so, he benefited from some slides and pictures of the explorations of the archeology group of the Cultural Legacy Organization. By referring to the geographical status of ancient Elam, he maintained that this people took a great step in entering the historical period of the land of Iran.

The archeology professor of Tehran University added, “The most important documents that have been found in relation to Elamites indicate that this country had a federal government and consisted of four states: Evan, Simash, Shush, and Anzan.” He continued by saying that the Elam government was overthrown in 640 BC by the Assyrian King, Ashur Banipal. However, by being present in the formation of the Achaemenid Dynasty, the Elamites preserved their art and culture.

Dr. Mahshid Mir Fakhraie, a professor at the Research Center for Humanities and Cultural Studies, was one of the other speakers in the meeting. She delivered a speech on “Ahuramazda and Mazdan Wisdom”. In the course of her speech, she mentioned that various ideas have been put forward concerning the life time and character of Zoroaster, the Iranian prophet and added, “The time of Zoroaster’s life is ambiguous, and scientists have presented several theories in this regard relying on Pahlavi and Arabic sources and a comparison of Gāhān, his words, and other sources. In the rest of his speech, she discussed Zoroasters worldview and cosmology and his view of the creation of the world.”

At the end of this scientific meeting, the President of the Center for Compiling A Comprehensive History of Wisdom and Philosophy, by expressing his satisfaction with holding such gatherings, referred to them as opportunities for coming to the fore of isolated but important fields of knowledge and the expansion of interdisciplinary discussions.

At the end, he invited the researchers in the field of history and other related fields to participate in the meetings on the issues in the history of philosophy, history of art, and history of language and present papers in relation to these areas of knowledge.


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