Rudaki's statue in Panjakent, Tajikistan.
Photo by Foteh.
Tehran, Dec 15, IRNA - Holding an international conference to commemorate Abdullah Jafar Ibn Mohammad Rudaki, a renewed Persian poet, plays a vital role in flourishing of the Persian language in the Persian speaking countries.
Announcing this, an organizer of the conference referred to Rudaki as a spiritual heritage.
Abolqasem Rad-Far said the works of some noted Iranians are more valuable than historical and cultural monuments.
He referred to some of the noted Iranian poets including Khawja- Shamseddin-Mohammad Hafez and Saadi as other spiritual heritages of the country.
Rudaki is regarded as the first great literary genius of modern Persian language, who composed poems in the Perso-Arabic alphabet or 'New Persian' script.
Rudaki is considered a founder of Persian classical literature.
An international conference to commemorate Rudaki, will be held in Tehran on December 21.
Mausoleum of Rudaki in Panjrud near Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The life of Rudaki and his works will be up for discussion at the meeting.
Over 100 domestic and 30 foreign articles will be read out during the two-day event.
Rudaki depicted as a blind poet, on an Iranian stamp.
The event is organized by the Research Center of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization.
UNESCO regularly commemorates scientific and literary dignitaries of various countries to promote international understanding and encourage more cultural interactions among nations and to support international peace.
Rudaki was born in 858 in Roudak (Panjrud), a village then in Khorasan, and now located in Panjkent, Tajikistan.
Most of his biographers assert that he was completely blind, but his accurate knowledge of colors, as is evident in his poetry, renders this assertion very doubtful.
He was the court poet to the Samanid ruler Nasr II (914-943) in Bukhara, although he eventually fell out of favor and his life ended in poverty.
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