By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Shahidi Library opens at Dehkhoda Institute in Tehran
Dehkhoda is well known to all Persian scholars across the world. He was
Ali Akbar Dehkhoda
Ali Akbar Dehkhoda started the prestigious and famous Dehkhoda Dictionary, (Loghat Nameh), at his home in
Dr Dehkhoda was involved in this vast task until the end of his life, and during his lifetime and after his death, many scholars such as Dr Shahidi and Dr Mo'in helped with compiling, translating and formatting this national treasure. Dr Seyed Jafar Shahidi took over the Dehkhoda Institute after Dr Mo’in and continued his work until it was finally finished a few years ago.
institute has been rebuilt in recent years and it was a delight to be invited,
on the 51st anniversary of Dr Dehkhoda’s passing, to the opening of the Dr Seyed
Jafar Shahidi Library. Dr Shahidi has donated all his books to the institute,
which have been collected in the past fifty years; some of these books are
invaluable for scholars.
At the opening ceremony, Dr Shokoufeh Shahidi, the daughter of Dr Shahidi and head of the International Centre for Persian Studies (ICPS), informed the guests that, besides his entire library to the ICPS together with all his medals and honors, Dr Shahidi has donated the prize amount of the award which he had won recently for his book, to be set up as a literary prize to be given each year to the best scholarly research work done at Tehran University.
Dr Shokoufeh Shahidi
After Dr Shokoufeh Shahidi, and Dr Seyed Jafar Shahidi, the head of Tehran University Ayatollah Amid Zanjani and Dr Seyed Mohammad Dabir-Seyaghie, a colleague of Dr Dehkhoda addressed the audience. Many well known literary and scholastic figures were present including Dr Abdullah Anvar, Dr Mosavie Behbahani, Dr Shayesteh and Mrs Forough Alebouyeh, Dr Dehkhoda’s wife’s niece, who told us about her memories of him.
Dr Seyed Mohammad Dabir-Seyaghie
There is a small museum of the original pictures and books at the institute that have brought this national treasure to all of us and it must be for sure a place for all to visit when in Tehran
Dehkhoda Institute is where my husband Paul is learning his Persian. Among his
co-students there are many foreigners who are learning Persian in many of the
different courses that the institute runs. But there are also young Iranians who
were born or lived abroad for a long time and wish to learn their mother tongue
now. This Institute is part of
The address of the institute for learning Persian is:
Centre for Persian
Vali Asr Ave.
Tel. 0098 21 2271 7120, 0098 21 2271 1902 and Fax. 0098-21 2271 7118, 0098 21 2271 1700
The Institute web site is: icps.ut.ac.ir
We have a few pictures from the ceremony for your enjoyment
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