Speaking to reporters about the upcoming first conference on Iranian identity, he added that unless a clear definition of identity is presented, it will be out of question to look for any concrete manifestation for it.
The first conference on Iranian identity is being organized by the Persian Language and Literature Research Center of Tehran Teachers' Training University and is scheduled to be held on March 9.
"Given that the holy book of Qur'an is accepted and respected by all Muslims, it can be defined as their common identity. But concerning the Iranian identity and whether there is any thing common about it, the issue needs to be examined.
"In case commonalties of the people residing within a definite geographical area whose land has been subject to constant changes are sought in the course of national history, language should be considered as the core of the national identity.
The painter noted that customs and traditions, literature and visual arts should be taken as part of the identity.
Aghdashlou referred to the Iranians as the only non-Arab nation which converted to Islam and said that this if of great importance.
"Given that no other element has been as consistent as language in the Iranian identity, it may be referred to as the basic element and various branches of art including architecture and painting may be taken as secondary to it.
"Artists say that when language is the major issue of discussion, the most significant parameter of Iranian identity is examined, while this does not hold true for scripts," he added.
The painter said that in every period of time, Iranians have actually borrowed scripts from their neighboring countries and that the handwriting currently used by them is Arabic.
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