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Iranian national library keen to support foreign Persian studies

TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran National Library and Archive (INLA) tries to render Persian sources for foreign Iranologists via signing agreements with other countries libraries and foreign universities.

Several researchers from different countries have made inquires about Persian literature, Iran culture and Islamic Revolution of 1979, the head of INLA Ali-Akbar Ash'ari told MNA.

He went on to say that some of them know the Persian language and are interested in reading the original books and sources about Iran.

Several world scholars conduct research on the Islamic Revolution, its roots and achievements and many foreign students write their theses on topics related to Iran, he added.

"These are our incentives to expand our activities and in this way, Iranologists all over the world would have access to original sources about Iran," Ash'ari mentioned.

By such agreements between INLA and other countries and universities, researchers can exchange information and experience as well as their sources, he mentioned.

"Every country should benefit from worldwide achievements in knowledge made possible through relations between countries' academic centers, major libraries and archives," he added.

INLA will inaugurate Iran's National Digital Memory, a website containing online information about books and sources available at INLA for researchers all around the world, he added.

"We are making copies of manuscripts available at INLA so that they will be available for researchers, since most of the time their contents are more important for academics than their physical characteristics," he concluded.

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