Iranian, Russian scholars commemorate Persian poet Attar Day

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Monday, 15 April 2013

Persian poet AttarIranian cultural office in Moscow has marked the national Attar Day to commemorate the prominent mystic 13th-century Persian poet, Farid al-Din Attar Neishabouri.

Iran’s cultural attaché Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman along with a number of Iranian and Russian scholars attended the ceremony held on April 13, 2013.

The national Attar Day is annually celebrated on April 13 in different Iranian cities as well as several countries.

Born in Neishabour, Attar was a poet of the Seljuk dynasty and one of the greatest mystic literary figures in Iran.

His works were mostly inspired by Mowlavi and other mystic Iranian poets.

Mantiq al-Tayr, Mokhtar-Nama, Mosibat-Nama and Elahi-Nama are among his better-known works.

Mantiq al-Tayr (The Conference of the Birds) is known as an incontestable masterpiece in Persian literature and has been translated into many languages.

For several centuries the works of Attar have affected the literature of a wide region of Persian speaking countries.

Attar was killed at the age of 70 in a brutal attack by the Mongols during the invasion of Iran in 1220 and buried near city of Neishabour, in north east of Iran.

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