Friday, 17 July, 2020

Iran to inscribe Mawlana’s ‘Masnavi Manavi’ on UNESCO list

Iran plans to inscribe the great book of Mawlana Jalal-ud-din Rumi, ‘Masnavi Manavi’,  on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register lists.

“Iran and Turkey have agreed to jointly inscribe the literary work of Maulana, Masnavi Manavi, on ​​the UNESCO’s memory of the world register, as the poet is a cultural link between the two countries,” said Reza Salehi Amiri, director of the Center for Documentation and the National Library of Iran, on Tuesday.

He added that Turkey is a country that shares great cultural, religious and mystical similarities with Iran.

“Mawlana (Mulavi) has played a crucial role in the rehabilitation and enrichment of the cultural values ​​of Iran”, Amiri underlined.

‘Masnavi Manavi’ is an extensive poem written in Persian by Rumi, also known as Mawlana, the celebrated Persian poet. It is one of the best known and most influential works of Persian literature.

Masnavi is a series of six books of poetry that together number around 25,000 verses or 50,000 lines. It is a spiritual work that teaches how to reach true love with God. Mawlana began dictating the first book around the age of 54 in the year 1258 and continued composing verses until his death in 1273.

Iran has already registered six valuable documentary heritages at UNESCO Memory of the World Register lists, the most recent of which was a collection of selected maps of Iran in the Qajar Era recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2013. A collection of Nezami’s Panj Ganj (Persian for  Five Treasures) and “Bayasanghori Shâhnâmeh” (Prince Bayasanghor’s Epic of Kings) are also included in UNESCO Memory of the World Register lists.

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1 Comment

  1. Parisa

    June 2, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    He was Persian, not Turkish. All his poems are in Persian. Unisco is so corrupted which is very sad.

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