Ferdowsi intermingled heroic epic with mystical epic
Head of SACWD in the opening ceremony of the conference "Recognizing the Role of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh in National Identity":
The opening ceremony of the conference "Recognizing the Role of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh in National Identity" with the presence of Mahmood Shalooei, President of the Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries (SACWD), Murodjon Buriboev, President of ECO Cultural Institute, Mohammad Hosseinzadeh, Director General of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Khorasan Razavi and a group of university professors and officials of Razavi Khorasan Province was held at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.
In his remarks, Head of the SACWD said: “There is no difference between Hakim Ferdowsi, Hakim Nizami, Rumi, Sanai and other such poets in the cultural realm of the Great Persia. They came one after another; each one came and enriched the thoughts of the ones before him.”
In the continuation of his remarks, he said: “The most important feature in Shahnameh is that Ferdowsi, in his great work, combined heroic epics with mystical epics and brought them to perfection.
He added: "According to Henry Corbin a mystic figure like Suharwardi reads the Shahnameh and honor it as the Christians honor the Bible." Therefore, one of the most significant features of Shaikh al-Ishraq's thought is that he intermingled heroic epics with mystical epics to reflect his transcendent thoughts.”
Elsewhere in his remarks he clarified: “Rumi and Ferdowsi have similar idealistic concerns which are reflected on their poems, because Ferdowsi exerted much influence on the literary figures after him.”
Shalooei added: “Ferdowsi is called hakim (sage) because his wisdom is deeply reflected in his poetry and it indicates the importance of his mystical position among other great literary figures.’
He concluded his remarks saying: “Ferdowsi's thought and wisdom does not only belong to his time but it is living and influential for all the time. Today, more than ever, we need the foundations, knowledge and wisdom of great personalities like Ferdowsi.
Shahnameh; a sea full of pure gems
Elsewhere in the conference, Murodjon Buriboev, President of ECO Cultural Institute, said: “Shahnameh has rightly been considered as the document of national identity of the peoples in the region; therefore, the message of Shahnameh does not belong to specific border.”
He pointed out to the importance of Shahnameh among the works of Persian literature and said: “Ferdowsi lived in a turbulent and eventful time in history, and he was surrounded by the same obstacles for fear that Iran's history would be forgotten. He made efforts all his life to bring the Shahnameh to the fore.”
President of the ECO Cultural Institute emphasized: "Shahnameh is a rich sea full of pure gems, whose composer combined mythical, historical and philosophical concepts with enduring concepts of wisdom, knowledge and patriotism and expressed them in the form of epic poems.”
In the end, he said: “Hakim Ferdowsi embellished the Shahnameh with wisdom, which in his view is equal to soul. He believed that wisdom would lead man to happiness and salvation; whereas, ignorance and lack of wisdom would lead man to destruction.”
Ferdowsi; Guardian of Iranian identity
In his turn, Mohammad Hosseinzadeh, Director General of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Khorasan Razavi said: “Ferdowsi is the guardian of Iranian identity and in line with the title of the conference, "Recognizing the role of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh in National Identity", many articles have been submitted to the conference secretariat.
Pointing out that this pious sage has accomplished a great miracle over the course of a thousand years, he added: "It was Ferdowsi, who preserved the Persian language, history and mythology from being erased. Because language is one of the elements of national identity. If it wasn't for Ferdowsi, what we knew as Iran would have turned into a fragmented country.”
General Director of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Khorasan Razavi emphasized: “Love for the homeland was realized in the shadow of Ferdowsi's poetry and thought, and he was the one who brought Islamic concepts into Iranian heroic epic.”