16.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Tehran

Two new items from Iran enrich UNESCO’s Memory of the World

Two new Iranian literary works have enriched the UNESCO’s Memory of the World register. The two items were added in the 11th meeting of the International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Program, held in South Korea recently. With addition of the two works the number of Iranian items registered in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World has reached seven.

The two works are “A Collection of selected maps of Iran in the Qajar Era (1193 - 1344 Lunar Calendar / 1779-1926 Gregorian Calendar)” and “Dhakhīra-yi Khārazmshāhī” or “The Reserve of the Khwarizmshah Dynasty”.

The collection of maps is a compilation of handwritten and lithographic maps which show the geographical plateau of Iran as a major part of the historical Silk Road as well as the interface of the North-South corridor. The collection is a significant research document, providing an authentic source for studying the demographic, natural, historical and cultural geography of different West-Asian  regions.  The maps provide information on boundary lines, impacts of human-instigated and natural disasters on the borders, and geographical place names some of which are now either non-existent or have been renamed.

“Dhakhīra-yi Khārazmshāhī” is the first and most important medical treatise, prepared in the Persian language. This work is authored by 'Esmaeil Jorjani' in 504  (1110 Gregorian Calendar). For centuries the  Dhakhīra has been used as an authentic source in medical education. It has served as the basis of many books on Medicine. The treatise, which was translated into Arabic by its author, has been of great use in Iran, Central Asia, India and the Ottoman empire. The book has also been translated into Urdu, Turkish and Hebrew-an indication of the book's significance for other nations.

For more information on the UNESCO’s Memory of the World, please visit: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/flagship-project-activities/memory-of-the-world/homepage/

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