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Iran's Avicenna symbolized complicated links between orient, occident

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed-Jamei on Sunday referred to Avicenna as an evident symbol of the complicated links between the ancient oriental and occidental cultures, including Iran and Greece as well as the world of Islam, Christianity and monotheistic beliefs, IRNA reported from Hamedan, Iran.

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Speaking at the International Avicenna Conference in Hamedan, he added that a similar relation can be observed among non-dominant Iranian culture and Islam during the lifetime of Avicenna.

He attributed Avicenna's great scientific and cultural achievements to Iran's advanced schools and rich libraries, given that it was one of the major hubs for scientific and cultural dialogues in that era under the light of the dynamic culture of the Islamic world.

According to him, Sharaf al-Molk Sheikh al-Rais Avicenna was a Muslim and gifted young man who was drawn towards Samanids royal library.

"He became a minister at the age of 35 and spent less than 10 years in politics under the rule of the Shi'ite Al-e Bouyeh dynasty.

"Upon quitting politics, Avicenna embarked on research and dedicated the last 20 years of his life to writing and research and became known as the most prominent scholar in Iran and the world of Islam," he added.

Turning to Hamedan as Avicenna's last venue for relentless scientific, intellectual and spiritual activities, he said that according to the history of science, he enjoyed a unique scientific status and no one could compete with him in that era, neither in the orient nor the occident.

Khatami inaugurates Hamedan's Avicenna Museum

President Mohammad Khatami, who is in Hamedan for a day-long visit, inaugurated a museum dedicated to the great Persian philosopher, mathematician and physician, Avicenna, on Sunday.

photo: ISNA

The museum is housed in a building dating back to the Qajar Dynasty and occupies a one-hectare piece of land.

Work to reconstruct the building started in 1381.

The president, accompanied by Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei, Director-General of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Hossein Mar'ashi, the city`s governor- general and the representative of the Valiyat-e Faqih (religious jurisprudent) visited different parts of the museum.

Khatami also visited the library of the museum which contains different books on Avicenna and several written by this great Muslim philosopher.

photo: ISNA

Khatami and his entourage arrived in Hamedan early today to attend the First International Conference on Avicenna at the mausoleum of this great philosopher-physician in this western city.

The event coincides with the birth anniversary of Avicenna, whose birth anniversary is marked annually as Physicians' Day in Iran.

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