Holding a Joint Academic and Cultural Seminar of Afghan and Iranian Scholars on Sufism, Mysticism and Literature, and the Holding Exhibition of University and Educational Books in Afghanistan and Iran at Kabul University.

 

The joint academic and cultural seminar of Afghan and Iranian scholars on Sufism, mysticism and literature, as well as a book fair featuring 70 Iranian publishers and 40 Afghan publishers, was launched on Sunday 22nd March, at Kabul University. The programs are aimed at exchanging ideas, developing and expanding the historical  relations of both countries (Iran and Afghanistan) and giving them the opportunity to remind the cultural commonalities and scientific findings of the countries.

In this ceremony Honorable Sarwar Danesh, the Second Vice President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Honorable Mohammad Rasul Bawari Chairman of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Honorable Ms. Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics, Prof.  Hamidullah Farooqi Chancellor of Kabul University and Senior Minister Adviser of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Higher Education Affairs, Your Excellency, Dr. Abuzar Ebrahimi Turkman, Director of the Organization of Culture and Communication of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Honorable Dr. Ahmad Sir Mahjur, Deputy of Finance and Administration of the Ministry of Higher Education, Honorable Mohammad Reza Bahrami, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Afghanistan, Honorable Reza Maleki, Cultural Adviser of the Islamic Republic of  Iran in Kabul, representatives of people in the parliament, deputies of ministries, some members of the cabinet, professors and students were participated.

 

The program began by recitation verses from Holey Quran and performing the life of the national anthem of both countries by the professors and students of the faculty of fine arts, then Kabul University Chancellor and Senior Minister Adviser of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Higher Education Affairs, welcomed the presence of Honorable lawyer Sarwar Danesh the Second Vice President, the newly-added members of the circle and others in the ceremony and he added, Kabul University is proud to host the great political, academic and cultural figures of two loved ones and two dear and brotherly people today in order to give them the opportunity to remind their cultural and academic community of values ​​in the center of a valuable discourse that is surely a turning point and a new page in line Develop and expand the ancient and historical relations of both countries and both nations.

Mr. Farooqi added that the joint academic and cultural seminar of Afghan and Iranian scholars on Sufism, mysticism and literature and the book fair in the light of the agreements reached between the two countries in the course of the talks and visits of the faculty of Afghanistan, headed by Prof. Hamidullah Farooqi Chancellor of Kabul University and Senior Minister Adviser of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Higher Education Affairs, which is part of the agreement between the parties at the stage of implementation, and a number of others will be designed and implemented in the future. Kabul University Chancellor considered the topics of mysticism, Sufism and Literature important for the nation and people of the ancient civilization of this Asian line, especially for academic references.

The Kabul University relied on the guidance of its second five-year strategic plan, launched from the start of the previous academic year, and, in the light of the wise guidance of the government of the National Unity Government, was responsible for promoting this institution to a well-known national center and internationally and committed to providing excellence in the field of scientific research, science education and the provision of academic services as their own vision.

He added that this academic center with 850 teachers of 21 faculties and 96 departments has always been active in various fields of science providing academic services to more than 23 thousand students and the youths of the country in the day and night shifts. Along with that, sixteen master and doctoral programs are also serving in various fields.

Mr. Farooqi also spoke about the educational programs and activities of the academy, the promotion of scientific and cultural discourse and also the book fair in order to expand and strengthen the relations between the countries of Afghanistan and Iran. At the end of his term, he commended the program, praised the scholars of both countries for the scientific richness of the meeting, and thanked and appreciated the assistance and cooperation of the friend country, Iran.

Meanwhile, the message of Honorable President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on the conduct of The joint academic and cultural seminar of Afghan and Iranian scholars on Sufism, mysticism and literature, as well as a book fair of both countries, was read by Mohammad Solaiman Hamed, Adviser to the President of the Justice, he expressed his satisfaction regarding the program in the message, and expressed it in providing important relations between the two countries, hoping that the youth of the country would be able to use it extensively.

 

Subsequently, the Second Vice President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh welcomed the Iranian guests to our country and thanked the Iranian authorities and the Chancellor of Kabul University for hosting this program. The Second Vice President said he was happy to hold the first round of scientific and cultural talks on Sufism, mysticism and literature between Afghanistan and Iran, as well as holding a book fair at Kabul University. The holding of such a joint meeting, in addition to the scientific and cultural achievements, will help to establish the relations between the two countries of friends and neighbors.

Referring to the origin and history of Islamic science, Prof. Danesh pointed out that although in Islamic history there have been some groups that are deviant and against these relationships, but they cannot be the representatives of people of Afghanistan.

He said Islam is a religion of tolerance, moderation, and emphasizes the character of pluralism while strengthening unity. According to him, Islam is not a religion of monopoly or reluctance. Islam is the religion of freedom and interaction between the nation, culture and religions. According to the situation in the Islamic countries, especially Afghanistan, Mr. Danesh said: "It is surprising that today, among Muslims, extremist groups emerge, that they do not tolerate, and all other sects of Muslims They are exasperating and consider all other people and followers of other religions to be enemies.

The Second Vice President, pointed out that in the current Afghanistan, there is no radicalized ideology and so on among our people, adding that a small number who have been deceived by foreigners and who have turned to extremist tendencies and terrorist groups for various reasons cannot be Afghan people represents.

 

According to him, the people of Afghanistan have considered any extremist thinking alien to the spirit of Islam and Islamic culture, recognizing and respecting diversity and pluralism in both its political and legal system and its social, cultural, linguistic and ethnic composition.

Prof. Danesh, once again emphasized that relations between countries and governments, especially Islamic states, should rely on the same qualities that exist in Islamic religion and culture. The national unity government, in its relations with all the countries of the region from Central Asia to South Asia and Southeast Asia, to the Middle East and the Far East, and especially with the Islamic countries and its neighbors, follows an economic policy based on historical and cultural commonalities.

Referring to the fact that the people of Afghanistan with the 10 member states are one of the most important regional organizations of religion, culture, history and civilization, the formal and informal languages ​​of the country, which are part of the linguistic life of the Afghan people, he said: "We are geopolitical. We are in a central position and therefore we want to promote our historical and cultural relations with all countries of the region and strengthen regional economic cooperation in order to create a climate of mutual trust and mutual respect, as well as violence and conflict.

 

Prof. Mohammad Rasul Bawary Chairman of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Mr. Abuzar Ebrahimi Turkman, Director of the Organization of Culture and Communication of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Reza Maleki, cultural advisor of Iran in Kabul, and a number of its government officials have spoken on the subject, conducting such academic and cultural programs in strengthening and the development of good relations between both countries.

At the end of the seminar, the book fair was opened by Prof. Danesh Second Vice President, Kabul University Chancellor, Iranian authorities and other officials of the country, which featured over 25,000 titles of books in various fields by 70 Iranian publishers and 40 Afghan publishers and then it was exhibited.

At the end of the ceremony, the gifts which were provided by Kabul University to the Honorable Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, the Second Vice President and the Iranian authorities, was presented by Kabul University Chancellor and Senior Minister Adviser of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Higher Education Affairs

The second discussion and presentation of the articles of this discourse was held at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, in which a number of articles were presented to the Afghan and Iranian scholars and reviewed by the Board of Directors, scientists and researchers. The discourse was scheduled to last for two days, in which both professors and scholars of both countries will submit their articles. It is worth mentioning that 7 papers by Iranian scholars and 16 papers by professors and scholars of the Afghan language are presented at this seminar and discussions.