The secretary of the international congress, Abdolkarim Mashayekhi told IRNA on Monday that the ancient Siraf port is located 250 kms southeast of Bushehr port.
"It is a major Islamic port dating back to the fourth century A.H. located on the marine route of the Silk Road. It has played a crucial role in Iranian trade exchanges with the Far East and eastern Africa.
"The congress aims to introduce the port city of Siraf as a model of Islamic civilization, assess its status in the course of Iranian history as well as the culture and geo-political role of the Persian Gulf in the national history," he added.
Mashayekhi called for essays to be submitted detailing the historical role of Siraf port in the country's marine history and the the history of Islamic economy in the middle ages, its status in ancient Iran as well as restoration of its role in trade exchanges with eastern Asia and Africa.
"Other subjects of interest are Siraf's role as a hub of dialogue among civilizations and Islamic civilization as well as introduction of Sirafi physicians, geographers and other prominent personalities.
"The role of Sirafi scholars in promotion of Islamic culture and thoughts, assessment of the role of the history and culture of Siraf in the economic development of the Persian Gulf as well as ways of safeguarding the historical port city in the process of expansion of South Pars oil and gas fields are also some of the subjects on which essays can be written," he added.
Siraf International Congress will be held at the historical port city of Siraf and will be attended by 84 domestic and foreign intellectuals.
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