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Iran seeks UNESCO year of Ferdowsi

Source: Press TV


Ferdowsi by Master-Sadighi

Iran's cultural heritage organization hopes that UNESCO will evaluate naming an international year in honor of the Persian poet Ferdowsi.

The Iranian poet is renowned for his magnum opus Shahnameh, or 'Book of Kings'. He devoted over 35 years of his life to this treasure which has a unique place in Persian literature.

Ferdowsi's Shahnameh abounds with depictions of the Persian Empire, neatly presented within the beautiful poetry.

It tells of the Kings and warriors that made the land of Persia an empire throughout the ages. Simultaneously, it brought back to life the Persian language, which was Ferdowsi's primary goal.

Ferdowsi is revered for his efforts to regenerate Persian and Iran's cultural traditions after the Arab conquest of the seventh century.

Iran's cultural heritage organization is currently compiling a list of 1500 Iranian poets to submit to UNESCO. Documentation must also be provided for UNESCO's appraisal.


The organization hopes that in three or four years, preparations for UNESCO to consider announcing an international year of Ferdowsi will be complete.

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