Dushanbe, Sept 19, IRNA -- The first international forum of the Institute of Persian Language held in the Tajik capital Dushanbe ended on Wednesday.
During the three-day forum, which was attended by 50 researchers and scholars of the Persian language, literature and culture all over the world, various issues of concern to Persian-speaking communities were assessed from the social, cultural, psychological, literary, poetic and linguistic points of view.
Around 70 papers and scientific reports in various fields of study such as anthropology, history, linguistics, social events and cultural development in Iran and the Central Asian states were presented during the forum.
The forum was also attended by more than eight Iranian Orientologists.
At the closing session of the forum, some Orientologists such as Gholam-Abbas Tavassoli, a professor in Tehran University and head of the Iranian Institute of Persian Language elaborated on the various aspects of Islamic modernism and referred to the present era as a time for innovation and development.
He pointed to the decisive role of intellectuals in the nation's progress and underlined the fact that modern-day governments are hardly concerned with reforms.
"Intellectuals are, actually, the ones who encourage human communities to adopt reforms by opening their eyes to the advantages of modernism," he added.
Tavassoli stressed that "Islam has nothing against scientific progress and new technologies, freedom and equality, freedom of expression and respect for women's rights. This fact is best proven by the Iranian community."
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