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Mehdi Mohaqqeq retakes helm of Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries

Source: Tehran Times

Three years after being ousted by the culture minister of the Mahmoud Ahamdinejad's administration from the Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries, the prominent scholar Mehdi Mohaqqeq has returned to take the helm of the society again.

Mehdi Mohaqqeq in an undated photo

Mohaqqeq was appointed the director of the society based on a proposal by Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, which was approved by President Hassan Rouhani and the society's Board of Trustees, the Culture Ministry announced on in a press release on Tuesday.

Mohaqqeq served as director of the society from 1999 to 2010 when he was replaced with cleric Mohammad-Javad Adabi.

Mohaqqeq, 84, is an Iranian scholar specializing in Persian literature, Islamic studies and philosophy.

He has a Ph.D. in both Ilahiyyat (theology) and Persian language and literature. He joined the Faculty of Literature and Humanities at Tehran University in 1960.

He has collaborated in educational programs at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London University, McGill University, the Institute of Islamic Studies in Canada, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in Malaysia.

The Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries, which was previously named the Society of National Cultural Works, was established in December 1922 by a group of scholars and historians to promote Persian literature and the cultural heritage of Iran.

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