28.06.2012 - ODG

Celebrating an Outstanding Scientist

© UNESCO/Landry Rukingamubiri - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO Mohammed Reza Majidi.

Referring to his age as one of the most culturally and intellectually rich periods in the history of humanity, the Director-General marked the 500th anniversary of the works of Abd-ol-Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Husayn Birjandi, during a roundtable organized by the Permanent Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO on 28 June.

Birjandi was an eminent 16th century scientist, mathematician and theologian, whose works are preserved in libraries across the world.

“By celebrating Birjandi’s legacy, we celebrate the power of dialogue between cultures and we pay tribute to the creativity that comes from such exchanges,” said the Director-General. “Birjandi  played a key role in the flourishing of Iranian cultural and academic traditions, and in our understanding of the science that underpins our universe.”

The event was opened by the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO, who invited the Director-General to unveil a carpet entitled “Symbol of Peace,” given as a gift to UNESCO.

Alongside the roundtable, an exhibition on the rich traditions of South Khorasan, Birjandi’s birthplace, opened at UNESCO. These include the music of the Bakhshis, inscribed on the List of Intangible Heritage. Other arts forms, namely the Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei rituals, are to be performed as part of the celebration of Birjandi’s anniversary.

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