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Mohammad Hosseini to helm Iranian Culture Ministry

TEHRAN, Sept. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Mohammad Hosseini was appointed the 8th Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance after the approval by Iran's Majlis on Thursday September 3.

Hosseini was selected the minister with 286 votes; 194 for, 61 against, and 31 abstentions.

Hosseini was previously working as head of the directorate of Sorush Publications, deputy director of IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting), member of the parliament in its 7th edition, and director advisor of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO).

He also teaches fiqh and principles of Islamic Law at the University of Tehran.

Last week, Hosseini presented his programs under the title of "Lofty Art and Culture" to the majlis. He also presented his programs to the artists invited to the iftar ceremony he had arranged.

A part of his program reads, "The 7,000 years of culture and civilization in the arts of miniature, drama, music, poetry and literature, makes art and culture among the major potential resources of this land. As home to mystic literature; Hafez and Sadi, Khayyam and Molana, and rituals like tazieh; it has opened new vistas to a confused world that has grown weary of materialistic pursuits.

The Islamic Revolution introduced a renaissance of art and culture and, without doubt, one of its greatest achievements was the return to the original art and culture of this land. The revival of traditional music and Persian literature, promotion of visual arts, and development of cinema were all signs of the cultural renaissance in the aftermath of the revolution.

Despite all the efforts made over the years, a lack of organization and optimization is still observed in the field of art and culture. This includes: not making the best use of potential local resources, improper disseminating by the government of cultural concerns to artists and citizens, marginalizing critics and criticism, overlooking methods of promoting cinema and theater, and continuing shortages of financial support.

All these demonstrate a suppression of culture and this must change for the better, and we should institute a cultural diplomacy to assist in the promotion of art and culture.

He then puts forward several proposals to help improve art and culture including: guiding modern art into Islamic art, paying more attention to traditional Iranian art of miniature, illustration, and tazieh, better usage of ethnic rituals, promoting a culture of reading, and supporting the publication of cultural resources.

Other proposals in the cinematic field included: increasing efforts to provide facilities to promote cinema, boosting Islamic art and culture outside Iran by cinematic productions, introducing national cinema to the world through increasing the number of cinematic productions, supporting different festivals inside and outside the country, and strengthening the cinematic guilds.

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