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Seminar on Ferdowsi’s Shahnama

Aligarh: The Department of Persian, Aligarh Muslim University during 18-20 January held an international seminar on "Shahnama of Firdawsi". A large number of delegates from across the globe are participating in this seminar.

Professor Charles Melville of Cambridge University delievered the keynote address. He said that the Shahnama has a very interesting life in India and several manuscripts of it are available in different Indian libraries.

Prof. Melville pointed out that the AMU has a valuable collection of its manuscripts and the Maulana Azad Library of the University provides fantastic resources for scholars visiting it from across the globe.

In his presidential remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that Shahnama has a mystical and historical importance and it is a book of history. He said that Persian was official language of India during Mughal period. It gre atly influenced the Indian architecture, music, painting and the Urdu language and literature. Shah urged the faculty members of the Department of Persian to work for the promotion of Persian language.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2014 on page no. 13

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