March/April 2007
Volume VII, Number 40

More Links

Nowruz 1386l: Tuesday March 20th 2007

In search of Cyrus, click on the picture to listen

Save Passargad: Aanha che khahand goft?


Painting by: Abbas Katuzian

Khosrow vs Farhad

By: Dr. Majid Naficy

Also in Persian

Many years ago, when for the first time I saw the romance of Khosrow-O-Shirin written by Nezami-ye Ganjavi (1158-1262), I wondered why he had called it "Khosrow and Shirin" and not "Farhad and Shirin". Of course, in my elementary school books I had read about the Sassanid king, Khosrow II (d. 628) and his feasts and pageants, but I did not know that the name of his beloved was Shirin. I took Shirin solely as a mate and partner to Farhad. After I read the romance of Khosrow-O-Shirin by Nezami, I found out that both Khosrow and Farhad loved Shirin. With this difference, the former succeeds in his goal but the latter does not win his love and hurls himself from Mount Bisotoon.



On the lighter side


Lithographic Shahnameh published in Iran

A collection of lithographic illustrations of “Shahnameh”, a masterpiece by prominent Iranian epic poet Ferdowsi, hit the market in Iran.

The work has been compiled by German scholar Ulrich Marzolph and came out by the Chista Publications.

Entitled “Shahnemeh Album”, the book features illustrations which were printed during Qajar era in Iran and India and Marzolph has gathered them from various libraries across the world.

He met Iranian journalists and reporters at Tehran’s Titr Café last year.

The professor of Islamic studies at Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany, has conducted 20 years of research on Iranian folk tales, about which he has written many articles in Farsi and German.

He is also a senior member of the editorial committee of the “Enzyklopaedie des Maerchens”, an international handbook of comparative folk narrative research.

Marzolph’s “Narrative Illustration in Persian Lithographed Books” introduces the history of printing in Iran and surveys the investigated sources.

The study supplies basic data on genres of illustrated books, artists active in lithographic illustration, and aspects germane to this particular field of art.

The documentation includes bibliographical references for 116 illustrated books in a total of 351 particular editions and 150 plates with several hundred single illustrations.

He has written several other books, including “The Arabian Nights Reader”, “Persian Popular Literature in the Qajar Period”, and “The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia”.

Greek writer’s new book sheds light on Alexander in Iranian poetry

References to Alexander the Great by classic Iranian poets Abolqasem Ferdowsi and Nizami Ganjavi have been surveyed in a new book by Greek writer Mariana Theodoridou.

The book, entitled “Alexander the Great in the Works of the Great Iranian Poets Ferdowsi and Nizami Ganjavi”, was introduced during a special ceremony at the Parnassus Literary Society in Athens on February 15.

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis, Iranian Ambassador to Athens Mehdi Mohtashami, and a number of Greek academics attended the ceremony.

Kassimis described Theodoridou’s work as comprehensive, saying, “The book will provide a good opportunity for Greeks to become familiar with great Iranian poets’ viewpoints on Alexander.”

The book is based on Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh” and Nizami Ganjavi’s “Eskandarnameh” or “The Sikandarnameh” (“Book of Alexander the Great”).

“Iran’s long history has witnessed many stars that shone so bright that only one of them could culturally enrich the history of a country, but Ferdowsi is even more unique. He played a key role in Iran’s cultural destiny as well as in the eternity of the Persian language,” Iranian cultural attaché in Athens Mohammadreza Darbandi said at the ceremony.

“I’m happy that the book was published. I became familiar with the Persian language when I was working at the Greek Embassy in Tehran, and I enlisted many Iranian scholars for the research into Alexander the Great in the poetry of Iranian poets,” said Theodoridou.

The 780-page book also includes a number of Persian miniatures.

UNESCO nominates Shiraz world's 2nd City of Literature



Welcome to the mystic island of Kish

Just beautiful, take a look

Have you ever wish to get away from the hectic city life and relax on a tranquil
island? Far a way from everyone and everything that is ordinary?
Then allow us to suggest to you our paradise island. Kish Island is a resort island lapped by the sheltered waters of coral-edged lagoons, home to many of the world's spices of reef fish. Snorkeling in the Kish Island is amongst the best in the world, whilst scuba diving offers an even more spectacular insight of life beneath the waters.

Traditional band Dastan to tour Europe

The traditional Iranian band Dastan plans to do a European tour. The group will open the tour with concerts in Madrid from March 4 to 6 and will then perform in Cologne on March 9 and 10.

Amsterdam will also play host to the Iranian musicians on March 11.

Iranian plays to hit stage in France

Several Iranian plays are scheduled to be staged in Paris from March 21 to April 3.

The program will feature plays directed by Ali Razi and Arvand Dasht-Aray as well as a Siah-Bazi (an Iranian play in which a harlequin in blackface stirs laughter with his improvisations).

Veteran Iranian dubber Mani dies

TEHRAN -- Prominent Iranian dubber Mohammad Khajaviha, known as Mani, died early this morning after a long illness.

He was 78 years old.

He had studied English and began his professional career in 1949.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Celebrate Nowrooz on Sunday, March 11, 2007

Norooz is the joyous festival of new life observed by Persians and the neighboring cultures of the Tajik, Afghan, Uzbek and Kurdish people. The Museum is proud to welcome the Silk Road Dance Company, whose dazzling performances feature elaborate costumes, beautiful stories and festive music. Families can make their own Norooz inspired crafts in the Make and Take Workshop and create drawings in the Persian Galleries. Members from the local Persian community will be at the Museum presenting a display of the traditional New Year table and other Norooz traditions

Expulsion From Paradise

Painting By: Negar Ahkami

Young Iranians are doing more to transform their country than any outside agency could do, writes Rageh Omaar

This is Iran, but not as you know it

Young Iranians are doing more to transform their country than any outside agency could do. It might have been hot, but it was going to take much more than the familiar Tehran cocktail of unrelenting heat and choking smog to deter the 20 or so young Iranian women gathered outside the record shop. Beethoven?s isn?t exactly the sort of name you would expect of a hip music store. But this is Tehran, and as with most things involving young Iranians today, even a seemingly boring name hides something far more subversive.





Sent by: Amir Jalalpour

Darius Kadivar's Corner

Paris Report

About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a freelance journalist born to an Iranian father and French mother. He works and lives in France.




With Laura Morante, Romain Duris



Dame Helen Mirren has added the best actress Bafta to her long list of awards for The Queen, which was also named best film at the London ceremony.



French animations pour in on Tehran festival

France is seeking a great chance of success at the 5th Tehran International Animation Festival, outnumbering rivals’ works, the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) announced here on Wednesday.

Of 570 works submitted by 61 countries, the selection board picked up 142, with 47 belonging to France.

Britain, Canada, the United States, Spain, Poland, and some African countries are some of the participants of the festival which is held from Feb. 25 to March 1 at the institute.















Copyright © Shirin Tabibzadeh, Cupertino, 2000 -2005
Rozanehmagazine is not responsible for the opinion expressed thro
ughout its pages
and/or the content of the Sites to which it is linked.




More articles about Iran

Blue Beauty - a must see slide, just amazing

No Bombs, No Appeasement: Support the People of Iran's Struggle for

Please sign the petition

Squeezing Iran

January 12, 2007
Review & Outlook
The Wall Street Journal

The United States has known for years that Syria and Iran are supporting Sunni insurgents and Shiite radicals in Iraq -- support that has taken a heavy toll in American lives. On Wednesday, President Bush finally suggested he'll do something about it.

Facing Iran


January 10, 2007
New York Post
Amir Taheri

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste Blazy calls it "unthinkable" his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov prefers "unimaginable." The terms are also used in Western diplomatic circles to describe an event few wish to contemplate: a military showdown with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yet a recent tour of Arab capitals presents a different picture: Arab leaders appear resigned to such a showdown as inevitable, and are preparing for it.

U.N. Imposes Nuclear Trade Sanctions on Iran
Evelyn Leopold and Irwin Arieff

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology, an effort to pressure Tehran to halt uranium enrichment work. "Today we are placing Iran in the small category of states under Security Council

Will the British Stay in Basra Until Security Is Established?

December 23, 2006
Arab News
Amir Taheri

Reopened after several years, the city theater is offering a version of T.S. Elliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral” to packed audiences. At the other end of the town, scientists and religious leaders argue it out in a seminar on the relationship between science and faith. In between, the provincial governor marks the start of the ....

Could Sanctions Work against Tehran?
by Patrick Clawson
Middle East Quarterly
Winter 2007

As Western diplomats debate ways to counter Iran's nuclear program, the strategies they devise must take Iranian motives into account. If Iranian leaders see their nuclear program as essential to defending Iran's existence—as the Israeli[1] and Pakistani[2]

The Right Way to Negotiate with Syria and Iran

December 22, 2006
The Wall Street Journal
Abraham D. Sofaer

The Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the Bush administration drop its preconditions and negotiate with Syria and Iran has been praised as a "no-brainer"--and condemned as an improper effort to reward rogue regimes. Neither reaction is correct. Negotiating with enemies can be a useful aspect of effective diplomacy. But successful negotiations with enemies result not from the talks themselves but from the diplomatic strategy that accompanies them. The group's recommendations deserve support, but must be effectively integrated into President Bush's strategy of ending state-sponsored terror.

A Vote for Change?

December 20, 2006

By Amir Taheri,

Although it would take several days before the full results of twin elections held in Iran last Friday are officially established, it is already clear that the electorate have dealt the ultra-radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad his first significant political defeat.

Iran President Facing Revival of

Students' Ire
Nazila Fathi

As protests broke out last week at a prestigious university here, cutting short a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Babak Zamanian could only watch from afar. He was on crutches, having been clubbed by supporters of the president and had his foot run over by a motorcycle during a less publicized student demonstration a few days earlier.


The reason behind the Holocaust conference in Tehran


Getting Serious About Iran:

For Regime Change

Amir Taheri

What to do about Iran? The question has haunted successive administrations in Washington since the raid on the U.S. embassy in Tehran and the seizure of its diplomats in November 1979.

Dove' fly toward Iran

National Review Online
Stanley Kurtz

Increasingly, it looks as though the United States may attempt to negotiate a “grand bargain” with Iran. To settle our fundamental differences, Iran would surrender its nuclear-weapons program, stop supporting terrorism, and stop undermining America’s position in Iraq.