Friday , 24 September 2021

Culture

Buried for 4,000 years, this ancient culture could expand the ‘Cradle of Civilization’

nationalgeographic.com – In 2001 a flood of archaeological objects began appearing in the antiquities market seemingly out of nowhere. For sale were distinctive pieces of jewelry, weapons, finely crafted ceramics, drinking vessels, and game boards—featuring unusual artistry and magnificent inlays of carnelian and lapis lazuli. These extraordinary pieces featured a complex symbology of animals, both wild and domesticated, depicted fighting …

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Khamenei: Women in Animations Must Wear Hijab

Iranwire – Women in animations must wear hijab, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has announced in a new fatwa published by the Fiqh (“Islamic Jurisprudence”) Telegram channel in answer to an inquiry. “Is observing hijab necessary for characters in animated films (three-dimensional paintings that come from the artist’s mind)?” Khamenei was asked. “Although wearing hijab in such a hypothetical …

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Iranian Writers Protest Against Systematic Suppression of Intellectuals

Iranwire – The Writers’ Association of Iran has condemned the two-year sentence handed down to writer and poet Alireza Nouri and protested against the intensifying campaign of what it described as the “systematic repression and maximum pressure” placed on activists, writers and intellectuals. On February 11, security agents arrested Alireza Nouri, a poet and member of the Writers’ Association of Iran, at …

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“I Will Never Perform Just for Women!”: Golnoush Khaleghi Passes Away in Exile

BBC – Golnoush Khaleghi, first Persian woman conductor and daughter of legendary composer Rouhollah Khaleghi, passed away on February 14. She was 80. Golnoush Khaleghi in Tehran, 1975 Golnoush Khaleghi was the conductor of the NIRT (National Iranian Radio & Television) Choir in the 1970s. Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution Ms. Khaleghi moved to the United States and founded the …

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They Shoot Kolbars, Don’t They?: An IranWire Film

Iranwire – The lead protagonists in this film are Kurdistan and the kolbars of Kurdistan. In one of Iran’s most remote, deprived and little-understood regions, every day hundreds of people – from 12-year-old boys to men in their 70s – strap up to 50 kilos’ worth of goods to their backs and set out on foot, singing, on the days-long …

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“I’m not an exile”: Iranian director Keywan Karimi talks returning to the city where he was imprisoned

screendaily.com – Iranian director Keywan Karimi hasn’t had much luck when it comes to attending film festivals. When his feature Drum was screening at Venice and elsewhere in 2016, he was locked up in Tehran’s Evin Prison, serving a sentence for “propaganda against the State.” This stemmed from his 2013 documentary, Written On The City, about political graffiti in Tehran. He was finally …

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Publication of ‘Studies in Ancient Persia and the Achaemenid Period’

PayvandNews – The Iran Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the recent publication of a book entitled Studies in Ancient Persia and the Achaemenid Period, edited by John Curtis, the Academic Director of IHF. The book is published by James Clarke & Co and has been sponsored by IHF. The publication has an appreciation and biography of Terence Mitchell, Keeper of …

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Iran offers to help Iraq reconstruct damaged archaeological masterpiece

Al-Monitor – Part of a famed arch that was part of an ancient Persian palace in Iraq collapsed around the beginning of the year, and Iran has expressed its readiness to help rebuild it. Iran’s minister of cultural heritage, Ali Asghar Mounesan, said Iranian archaeologists are ready to help rebuild the ancient Taq Kasra arch following the collapse of a section of it. He said, “The problems Iraq has been going through are …

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Iran Gives Director 3-Year Prison Term for Film About Journalist-Turned-Activist

VOA – Iran has sentenced a film director to an effective three-year prison term for alleged national security offenses, including his work on a decade-old documentary about an Iranian journalist who later became a prominent anti-government activist, according to the director’s sister. Speaking to VOA Persian from her home in Canada on Tuesday, Neda Mihandoust said Iranian authorities had sent …

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Encyclopedia Iranica “A real tour de force” is in Peril

Radiozamaneh – A legal dispute between an Ivy League university and a foundation in New York has endangered the future of one of the most important academic projects on Iranian Civilization: Encyclopedia Iranica. The project is an encyclopedia that has been assembled and published at  Columbia University for decades. Encyclopaedia Iranica Columbia University in the City of New York,, the …

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