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Iranian Expatriate to Publish Swordsmanship Book

An Iranian-born German is going to publish a comprehensive book on the history of swordsmanship and cold weapons in Iran, dating from 6,000 B.C. till the end of Qajar era in 1925, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

After studying cold weapons showcased in European and American museums and private collections, Manuchehr Moshtagh Khorasani is now working on those kept in the Military Museum of Sa'dabad, north of the capital city of Tehran.

"As a researcher with the German Institute of Sword Forum, I work on swords found in the Middle East," he said. "The institute is a research center for studying every kind of cold weapons used by different nations around the globe. Right now I am assigned to work on Iranian swords, daggers and etc, dating from 6 thousands years B.C. to the Qajar period. Afterwards I intend to study swordsmanship during the Safavid dynasty."

He further explained the ultimate aim of his research is to map out the development trajectory of sword making and fighting in Iran, with a special focus on their blades. "Studying on swords belonging to Persian kings and princes will make research more accurate because the date of their production is correctly known."

Moshtagh has learned the traditional art of Japanese swordsmanship since 5 and now is a trainer himself. His institute has played a significant role in reviving the tradition and was in charge of supervising the sword fighting scenes in great film-making projects such as "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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