Memories of Khorasan

Man is forgetful
But the land remembers all
Each battle, each victory, each gain, each loss
Every birth, every death, every step, every fall
Memories engraved in the wind
Calling for a time long past and for a people long separated
There were days of glory
And there were lands made for kings
History and blood mixes in stories
In tales of conquests and destruction
The victor tells the world what to remember
And the victims are shown what their descendants have lost
The outline of a faded empire
Mirrors the soul of a Tajik
His heart divided the way of his homeland
Scattered pieces across rivers and mountains
Across wide plains and borders
Though man forgets
A Tajik should always remember
The land that stands under his feet
Remains as a ghost of days departed but not sealed
If he listens, he will hear
Bukhara talk of a time of knowledge
When once it stood as a source of light
National Museum of Iran spends “A Night with Shahnameh”

Tehran Times Culture Desk
TEHRAN -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Ferdowsi a poet who has created historical vigilance by writing Shahnameh.

Speaking at the ceremony entitled “A Night with Shahnameh” in commemoration of Ferdowsi at the National Museum of Iran on Thursday, Ahmadinejad made a speech on the author of the masterpiece.

Ferdowsi recognized the historical circumstances of his time and revived Persian identity by writing Shahnameh and innoculated humanity against ignorance, he mentioned.

He called Ferdowsi a monotheistic person who revived pursuit of justice and versified the truth in simple but elegant language.

“The Iranian nation is the only nation which propagates justice and freedom throughout history and Iranians have a weighty responsibility to publicize these concepts around the world,” he added.

The Persian empire was not formed by force and there is even evidence that various nations annexed themselves to the Persian Empire in order to benefit from Persian culture, he mentioned.

He went on to say that Persian culture should be globalized and that Iranian culture goes far beyond the boundaries of a single country.

Iran holds several national and international exhibitions nationwide and in other countries on the occasion of the registration of the Shahnameh millennium on UNESCO’s 2010 calendar of events.

Scholars at the University of Cambridge wrote a book on Shahnameh which will be released by I. B. Tauris & Co., Ltd. Publications in the near future.

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