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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- The 33rd Fajr Film Festival will premiere 11 movies in the New Vision section, which is dedicated to screening works from first-time filmmakers.
     
    Among the films is “The Chance of Acid Rain” directed by Behtash Sanaeiha about life of a lone employee of a tobacco company after retirement. Writer Mohammad Shams Langerudi also stars in this film.
     
    Director Amir-Hossein Asgari’s anti-war drama “Borderless”, Hamidreza Qotbi’s social drama “Rending a Garment”, and Soheila Golestani’s social drama “Two” starring Parviz Parastuii will also be shown in this section.
     
    The section will also screen “Obesity” directed by Rama Qavidel, “The Story of Love” by Ahmad Ramezanzadeh, and “Wednesday, Aban 19” by Vahid Jalilvand.
     
    “Little Black Fish” by Majid Esmaeili, “What Times Is It in Your World” by Safi Yazdanian, “Nahid” by Aida Panhandeh, and “Closer” by Mostafa Ahmadi will also be screened.
     
    The 33rd Fajr Film Festival will be held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.
     
    This is first time the national section will be held independently of the international competition section and at a different time.
     
    The international section will be held in Tehran from April 25 to May 2.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The National Museum of Iran will be hosting the 1st International Documentary Cinema and Iranian Archaeology Forum next week.
     
    Organized by Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), a selection of eighteen Iranian and foreign documentaries will go on screen during the three-day meeting, which will begin on January 5, DEFC announced in a press release on Saturday.
     
    “Unearthing the Lost Kingdom of Aratta” by Olivier Julien from ARTE France, “Persepolis, Stage of the Kings” by Frieder Kasmann from Germany and “Persepolis and Ancient Iran”, a production of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, will be screened and reviewed during the event. 
     
    Iranian documentaries include “Parnian” directed by Orod Attarpur, “The Hills of Marlik” by Ebrahim Golestan, “Persepolis” by Fereidun Rahnama, “The Hassanlu Bowl” by Mohammadreza Aslani and “I Am Darius” by Vahid Baqerzadeh.
     
    “The Pottery Tale”, an animation by Maryam Bayani has also been selected to go on screen on the first day of the meeting.
     
    Filmmakers and experts from around the world are expected to attend and discuss the contributions of documentary films to Iranian archaeology.
     
    A selection of articles on the science of archaeology and documentary cinema of Iran is due to be delivered during the event.
     
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    A calligraphy artwork by Amir-Ahmad Falsafi
    TEHRAN --
    A collection of works by Iranian calligrapher couple Amir-Ahmad Falsafi and Elaheh Khatami is on display at the 17th edition of Islamic Arts Festival in Sharjah.
     
    The collection is composed of a selection of works, which focus on art and science, the main theme of the festival this year, the Persian service of Honaronline, a Persian news website announced on Saturday.
     
    Khatami also held a workshop on Persian calligraphy and the position of female calligraphers in Iran at the festival.
     
    About 200 artists from 26 countries including Italy, Belgium, France, Turkey, Jordan and Australia have displayed their artworks in a total number of 54 solo and group exhibitions that opened on December 17 and will be running for one month.
     
    The current edition of the festival under the theme “Art and Science” highlights Islamic art through a variety of artworks including calligraphy, decorative arts, statues, photos and installations.
     
    In addition, many workshops, training sessions, video shows, seminars and lectures have been arranged along with a number of workshops, seminars, lectures and documentary films.
     
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  • 12/27/14--22:36: Art news in brief
  • Bangladeshi children’s festival to screen Iranian film


    TEHRAN – Iranian director Mansur Foruzesh’s short film “The Hose” will go on screen at the International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh, which will be held from January 24 to 30.
     
    The 15-minute film is about Shalbaf, a schoolboy with a stammer, who is punished by his teacher.
     
    The festival will be held simultaneously in Dhaka and six other divisional cities.
     
    “His Ego” to appear in Indonesian 
    TEHRAN – An Indonesian version of Persian writer Reza Amirkhani’s novel “His Ego” is ready for publication.
     
    Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Indonesia Bastian Zulyeno translated the book into Indonesian and the Iranian cultural attaché’s office will publish it.
     
    In his acclaimed novel, Amirkhani has interwoven contemporary history and the process of Iran’s urbanization into this novel, which chronicles the life of the protagonist, Ali Fattah, who was born into a well established family in Tehran.
     
    The book was previously translated into Russian by Alexander Androshkin and Russia’s Veche publishing house in collaboration with the Islamic Culture Research Foundation published it.
     
    Iranian director selected for Indian festival jury
    TEHRAN – Iranian director Marjan Riahi has been selected as a member of the jury for the short films section at the 13th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, which will be held in Mumbai, India from January 1 to 8, 2015.
     
    Iranian films “Another Step” directed by Mehdi Meisami, “Light Yellow” by Abbas Davudi and “Zhila” by Karim Lakzadeh will be screened in this section.
     
     
    Scholars to review works by Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno in Tehran

    TEHRAN -- Scholars will review works by the Spanish writer and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno during a session at the Amirkhani Hall of the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran on Monday.
     
    The Spanish literature professor of Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabai University, Najmeh Shobeiri, and Persian literature scholar Javier Hernandez from Spain will deliver speeches during the session.
     
    Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936) was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher and Greek professor and later rector at the University of Salamanca.
     
    Kuwait to host Iranian film festival

    TEHRAN – An Iranian film festival will be held at the Cinescape Marina in Kuwait from December 28 to 31.
     
    “The Willow Three” directed by Majid Majidi will be screened during the opening ceremony of the festival.
     
    “The Maritime Silk Road” directed by Mohammad Bozorgnia, “Painting Pool” by Maziar Miri and “A Cradle for Mother” by Panahbarkhoda Rezaii will also go on screen at the festival, which has been organized by the Iranian cultural attaché’s office in Kuwait.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The National Museum of Iran will be hosting the 1st International Documentary Cinema and Iranian Archaeology Forum next week.
     
    Organized by Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), a selection of eighteen Iranian and foreign documentaries will go on screen during the three-day meeting, which will begin on January 5, DEFC announced in a press release on Saturday.
     
    “Unearthing the Lost Kingdom of Aratta” by Olivier Julien from ARTE France, “Persepolis, Stage of the Kings” by Frieder Kasmann from Germany and “Persepolis and Ancient Iran”, a production of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, will be screened and reviewed during the event. 
     
    Iranian documentaries include “Parnian” directed by Orod Attarpur, “The Hills of Marlik” by Ebrahim Golestan, “Persepolis” by Fereidun Rahnama, “The Hassanlu Bowl” by Mohammadreza Aslani and “I Am Darius” by Vahid Baqerzadeh.
     
    “The Pottery Tale”, an animation by Maryam Bayani has also been selected to go on screen on the first day of the meeting.
     
    Filmmakers and experts from around the world are expected to attend and discuss the contributions of documentary films to Iranian archaeology.
     
    A selection of articles on the science of archaeology and documentary cinema of Iran is due to be delivered during the event.
     
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    TEHRAN – A collection of works by Iranian calligrapher couple Amir-Ahmad Falsafi and Elaheh Khatami is on display at the 17th edition of Islamic Arts Festival in Sharjah.
     
    The collection is composed of a selection of works, which focus on art and science, the main theme of the festival this year, the Persian service of Honaronline, a Persian news website announced on Saturday.
     
    Khatami also held a workshop on Persian calligraphy and the position of female calligraphers in Iran at the festival.
     
    About 200 artists from 26 countries including Italy, Belgium, France, Turkey, Jordan and Australia have displayed their artworks in a total number of 54 solo and group exhibitions that opened on December 17 and will be running for one month.
     
    The current edition of the festival under the theme “Art and Science” highlights Islamic art through a variety of artworks including calligraphy, decorative arts, statues, photos and installations.
     
    In addition, many workshops, training sessions, video shows, seminars and lectures have been arranged along with a number of workshops, seminars, lectures and documentary films.
     
     
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  • 12/28/14--11:17: Art news in brief
  • Iranian children to enjoy “Magic Tree House”
    TEHRAN – The first series of U.S. author Mary Pope Osborne’s “The Magic Tree House” has been published in Persian in Iran.
     
    Huri Adl-Tabatabaii translated the series, which was published by Nokhostin.
     
    “Magic Tree House” consists of two series, the first of which is composed of 28 volumes. The books tell the story of two children on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house in order to help free Morgan from a spell, solve four ancient riddles to become Master Librarians, and save four ancient stories from being lost forever.
     
    Iran, Tajikistan discuss holding joint cultural festival in Japan 

    TEHRAN – The Iranian cultural attaché in Japan, Ali Madadi, and the Tajik cultural attaché in the country, Golibjon Gulov, have discussed the holding of a joint cultural festival in Japan during a meeting, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Sunday.
     
    The festival will be organized based on cultural affinities between Iran and Tajikistan, Madadi and Gulov said at the meeting.
     
    No date was mentioned for the cultural festival. 
     
    Iran travelogue of Azeri woman published in Baku 

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Attaché’s Office in Baku has recently published a book containing the dairy written by an Azeri woman during her visits to several holy sites across Iran.
     
    Entitled “On the Way to Pilgrimage”, the book was written by Zarifa Novruzova, and was unveiled during a ceremony in Baku. The author and several Iranian Azeri scholars attended the ceremony.
     
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    TEHRAN – A Persian translation of Turkish author Elif Shafak’s novel “Forty Rules of Love”, which was inspired by the story of the fraternity between Rumi and Shams, is ready for publication.
     
    The book was translated into Persian by Arasalan Fasihi.
     
    “I translated the book into Persian in 2011 however it was not authorized by cultural officials at that time,” Fasihi told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    The book depicts the forty-year-old unhappily married Ella Rubenstein who finds a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on “Sweet Blasphemy”, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of Shams and Rumi. 
     
    As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi’s story mirrors her own and that Zahara-like Shams-has come to set her free.
     
    Shafak wrote the book in 2011 and it sold it sold more than 750,000 copies, becoming an all time best-seller in Turkey.
     
    The Persian version will be published by Qoqnus Publications in the near future.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati has given an explanation about the Free Access to Information Act, which was approved by the government on November 12, 2014.
     
    The government is preparing a bylaw to decide on the quality and quantity of the information the relevant organizations are allowed to publish on their websites, he said during a meeting with members of the Committee for the Free Access to Information Act on Sunday.
     
    According to this act, individuals and organizations have the right to ask for information they need by filling out an application form, which will be prepared by the committee, he added.
     
    He said that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has been assigned the task of setting up the electronic system needed to access information.
     
    “This act will boost transparency in information, help reduce corruption, and also will hold organizations responsible for their obligations,” he stated. 
     
    The culture minister presides over the committee, which is composed of the ministers of information and defense, and the directors of several other organizations.
     
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    TEHRAN – Cer Modern, a major contemporary art center in Ankara, plans to hold an exhibition of works by Iranian photographers, which were displayed in previous editions of Iran’s Image of the Year exhibitions.
     
    Zihni Tumer and Helun Firat, directors of different sections of the center, are currently in Tehran for further talks, the Persian news website, Honaronline, announced on Sunday.
     
    They visited the Iranian Artists Forum and held talks with secretary of the Image of the Year Exhibition Seifollah Samadian over the past few days.
     
    Directors of the Cer Modern are here to discuss ways and determine the final date for the exhibit, Samadian said.
     
    He added that they are also negotiating with filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami to hold a solo exhibition of his works in the center.
     
    While visiting the exhibitions underway in the forum, Zihni Tumer, who is visiting Iran for the first time, said that he likes Persian art, and that he has studied the contemporary art of Iran.
     
    Tumer believes that the art of Iran is known in the world through the Iranian artists who have immigrated to other countries. However, the main focus should be on the art produced by artists inside Iran because it is highly developed.
     
    He added that the exhibition due to be held in the center will help reflect the art of Iran and its real image.
     
    According to Tumer, Turkish artists are also interested in holding exhibitions in Iran and keeping in touch with the Iranian people. However, it is better for this cooperation to run between galleries, institutes and art centers, he proposed.
     
    “Image of the Year” can give a good image of Iran to the world, and Kiarostami is a good image of Iran to introduce the real image of Iranian art to the world, he concluded.
     
    Photo: An exhibition is underway at Ankara’s Cer Modern in an undated photo. 
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian traditional ensemble Dastan, which will be accompanied by vocalist Mahdieh Mohammadkhani, will begin a European tour at Théâtre Cité Bleue in Geneva, Switzerland on January 9.
     
    Wirtschaft zum Doktorhaus in Zurich will host the ensemble on January 10 for the concert tour entitled “A Window”. The group will then perform at Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne on January 11.
     
    RASA muziek in Utrecht, the Netherlands, will be next stop for the ensemble on January 16 and then it will leave for Paris to perform at Carré Belle-Feuille on January 17. The tour will come to an end at Schloss Münster in Germany on January 18.
     
    The concert consists of two parts and is entitled “Song of Dastan” composed by Hossein Behruzinia and “A Window” by Hamid Motebassem.
     
    Poems composed by the Iranian contemporary poet Forugh Farrokhzad (1935—1967) have been selected to be performed during the tour.
     
    The members of the ensemble are Kamancheh virtuoso Saeid Farajpuri, barbat virtuoso Hossein Behruzinia, tombak players Pejman Haddadi and Behnam Samani, and tar virtuoso Hamid Motebassem.
     
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  • 12/29/14--19:22: Art news in brief
  • Dario Fo’s “Virtuous Burglar” coming to Tehran theater

    TEHRAN -- An Iranian troupe will perform Italian playwright Dario Fo’s “The Virtuous Burglar” (“Non tutti i ladri vengono a nuocere”) at Tehran’s Kurosh Cinema Complex on Thursday.
     
    The play, which will be directed by Amin Miri, focuses on a farce in which a burglar who is in the act of burgling the house is interrupted by the arrival of a couple. The farcical complications that ensue also involve the arrival of the burglar’s wife. In the end, as they are all arguing among themselves, yet another burglar arrives to burgle the flat.
     
    Iranian society to pay tribute to George Jordac

    TEHRAN -- The renowned Lebanese Christian writer, George Jordac (1930-2014), will be commemorated during a ceremony at the Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries today at 5:30 p.m.
     
    Jordac is mostly known for his “The Voice of Human Justice” about Imam Ali (AS).
     
    French photographer selected for Iranian biennial jury

    Philippe Crochet, the French photographer who is mostly known for his works on the mineral world, has been selected for the jury of the 2nd Iranian Cave Photography Biennial, which will be held in Tehran during February 2015.
     
    Iranian photographers Mohammad-Ebrahim Saafi, Namvar Abbasian, Nasser Mizbani and Behzad Torki are other members of the jury.
     
    Iranian Department of Environment, the National Heritage Photographers Association, and the Iranian Photo Club are the organizers of the festival, which aims to promote the culture of protection and preservation of natural caves.
     
    German archaeologist invited to Tehran meeting 
    TEHRAN – German archaeologist Barbara Helwing has been invited to the 1st International Documentary Cinema and Iranian Archaeology Forum, which will be held next week in Tehran.
     
    A member of German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Helwing has conducted several research projects on Iran.
     
    Organized by Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), the forum will be held at the National Museum of Iran from January 5 to 7.
     
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    TEHRAN – German-based Iranian opera singer Mario Taghadossi plans to hold several master classes in different Iranian cities in the near future.
     
    The opera singer will travel to Tehran early in January to arrange the exact date and locations for his master classes. 
     
    “I will hold the classes in Isfahan, Shiraz, Rasht and Karaj, and the master class for students in Tehran will be set for spring,” Taghadossi told the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.
     
    He also said that he has no plans for a concert in Tehran, adding, “Iranian youth are very talented and enjoy good voices, but their only problem is that they are lazy, I would like them to practice more and learn more languages.
     
    “I would like to transfer my 34 years of experiences to the youth; I want them to make progress,” Taghadossi who was the student of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935–2007) said. 
     
    “I teach them in the four languages of English, Italian, German and French, and I always tell them, the more they practice, the more they will learn,” he added.
     
    Taghadossi accompanied the Iranian ensemble Messiah led by Assyrian conductor Honiball Yousef at a concert of world love songs at Tehran’s Milad Tower last summer.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Persian literary monthly Bokhara paid tribute to Iranian Jewish lexicographer and translator, Soleiman Hayyim (1887-1970) at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation on Sunday.
     
    A number of literati including Managing Director of Bokhara Ali Dehbashi, the director of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, and Department of Islamic Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of Iran Director Mostafa Mohaqqeq-Damad attended the ceremony, the Persian service of MNA reported on Monday.
     
    Hayyim had studied at an American college and his English was good so he worked as a translator in the then ministry of finance, Dehbashi said.
     
    It was during those years he felt a great need for an English-Persian bilingual dictionary, upon which he usually spent 8 hours a day, he added.
     
    “Hayyim was expert in finding Persian synonyms for English words and phrases, and he was highly interested in Persian literature,” Dehbashi said.
     
    His two-volume dictionaries especially the English-Persian one has been the first bilingual dictionary over the past years and has always been a good model for the future lexicographers, he stated.
     
    Mostafa Mohaqqeq-Damad also gave a brief explanation about Hayyim and his works and efforts in compiling the dictionary.
     
    Iranian Jewish Rabbi Younes Hamami Lalehzar who was also present at the ceremony talked about the recently-published Hayyim Persian-Hebrew Dictionary, which was introduced at the end of the ceremony, and said, “Hayyim had prepared the preliminaries for the dictionary and his manuscripts are still available.”
     
    It took about 12 years to complete the dictionary, he added.
     
    Lexicographer Mohammadreza Bateni, also attending the ceremony, said that almost all the dictionaries by Hayyim have been re-edited and refreshed.
     
    The ceremony was brought to an end by unveiling the Hayyim Persian-Hebrew Dictionary.
     
     
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  • 12/30/14--11:03: Art news in brief
  • “The Story of Architecture” published in Persian
    TEHRAN – English author Patrick John Nuttgens’ “The Story of Architecture” has recently been published in Persian in Iran.
     
    Translated by Heshmatollah Abdolvahabi, the book will be unveiled during a ceremony at Tehran’s Qasr Garden Museum today.
     
    Architects and academics Iraj Shahruz Tehrani, Dariush Zamani and Shahriar Sirus will deliver speeches during the ceremony.  
     
    Mehrazan is the publisher of the book.
     
    “Grandma in the Apple Tree” hits Iranian bookstores
    A Persian translation of Austrian author Mira Lobe’s “The Grandma in the Apple Tree” has been published in Iran.
     
    Armin Fazelnejad translated the book and it was published by Peydayesh.
     
    The book tells the story of an eight-year-old Austrian boy, who is sad that he has no grandmother until, that is, he discovers one sitting in his apple tree.
     
    Stories from “One Thousand and One Nights” translated into Spanish
    TEHRAN – Six stories from the renowned classic collection “One Thousand and One Nights” have recently been translated into Spanish.
     
    Iran’s El Faro Children and Young Adults Group has translated the stories based on versions, which have previously been rewritten by Iranian author Hossein Fattahi for children.
     
    El Faro published the stories in one book for Spanish readers.
     
    Qadyani is the publisher of the Persian versions, which was illustrated by Farhad Jamshidi.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Tehran’s Malek Museum and Library plans to hold storytelling workshops, during which tales from Masnavi-ye Manavi, the magnum opus of the Persian mystic and poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273), will be narrated for schoolchildren.
     
    Entitled “The Story Garden”, the workshop program will begin on January 12 and will be held each Monday until March 16.
     
    “The Parrots and the Merchant” is one of the stories will narrated by storytellers during the workshops, which are free.
     
    In another part of the program, the storytellers will recount the stories during a tour of elementary schools in Tehran.
     
    Games will also be arranged for children on the sidelines of the program.
     
    Located at the Mashq Square downtown Tehran, the Malek Museum and Library was inaugurated in 1927.
     
    A large collection of extremely rare manuscript books are kept at the storerooms of the Malek Museum and Library, which is affiliated to the Astan-e Qods Museum in Mashhad. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 5th International Quran Competition for Muslim Students will open at Tehran’s Milad Tower tomorrow.
     
    Quran reciters from 50 countries, including Iran, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Thailand will be competing in event, which is organized biennially by the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR).
     
    “Due to this fact that students are the teachers of every society and the future of the every society will be shaped by their students, holding this competition can help the Quranic activities be developed,” ACECR Director Hamidreza Tayyebi said in a press conference early this week.
     
    He said that his organization will use the potentials of the competition to promote unity among Muslims and also to familiarize participants with Iran.
     
    He also stated that the event is expected to change atmosphere of Iranophobia created by the Western media.
     
    The competition will run until January 4.  
     
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    A team of archaeologists has discovered new burials in the 5200-year-old Burnt City in southeastern Iran.
     
    During a new season of excavation at the cemetery of the ancient site, the team has unearthed a skeleton of woman, who died between the ages of 28 and 30, buried with her child and a marble goblet, the director of the team, Seyyed Mansur Sajjadi, said in press release on Monday.
     
    Such a burial has never been seen during previous seasons of excavation in the Burnt City, Sajjadi said.
     
    The archaeologists have also unearthed skeleton of man between 26 and 32 who lacks one of his molars. 
     
    Based on studies on his other teeth, the archaeologists surmise that the tooth have been pulled out due to infection before his death.
     
    Accordingly, they say that people of the Burnt City had used the skills to pull out infected teeth. 
     
    Another highlight of this season of excavation is a skeleton of baby wrapped in a wool hide. The baby, who was between 18 and 24 month, wore a string of bone beads around its neck.
     
    The archaeologists have also found bronze mirrors, kohl pots, and colorful dishes buried with women between 20 and 28.
     
    The team plans to reconstruct the ancient society of the Burnt City by excavations, collecting artifacts, workshop and laboratorial studies.
     
    The Burnt City was one of rare ancient settlements, in which women were in charge of the financial affairs of their families.  
     
    Located 57 kilometers from the town of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, the Burnt City was the largest urban settlement in the eastern half of the Iranian Plateau.
     
    Covering an area of 151 hectares, the Burnt City is composed of five settlements in its northeastern part, an industrial area, some monumental structures and a cemetery, which are located beside together in shape of consecutive mounds.        
     
    A 10-centimeter ruler with an accuracy of half a millimeter, an artificial eyeball, an earthenware bowl bearing the world’s oldest example of animation and many other artifacts have been discovered among the ruins of the city in the course of the many seasons of archaeological excavations conducted by Iranian teams. 
     
    The Burnt City was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in June 2014.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Tehran’s Malek Museum and Library plans to hold storytelling workshops, during which tales from Masnavi-ye Manavi, the magnum opus of the Persian mystic and poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273), will be narrated for schoolchildren.
     
    Entitled “The Story Garden”, the workshop program will begin on January 12 and will be held each Monday until March 16.
     
    “The Parrots and the Merchant” is one of the stories will narrated by storytellers during the workshops, which are free.
     
    In another part of the program, the storytellers will recount the stories during a tour of elementary schools in Tehran.
     
    Games will also be arranged for children on the sidelines of the program.
     
    Located at the Mashq Square downtown Tehran, the Malek Museum and Library was inaugurated in 1927.
     
    A large collection of extremely rare manuscript books are kept at the storerooms of the Malek Museum and Library, which is affiliated to the Astan-e Qods Museum in Mashhad. 
     
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    TEHRAN – The architectural design for the mausoleum of Shams of Tabriz was unveiled during a ceremony yesterday in Khoy, which is home to the mausoleum of the tutor of the Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi.
     
    The design was created by the acclaimed Iranian architect Nader Ardalan who is a senior research associate at Harvard University.
     
    “Construction of a mausoleum for Shams of Tabriz is a spiritual mystery,” Ardalan said at the ceremony and added, “Understanding the mystery and – naturally – solving it is not a simple task at all.”
     
    “For solving the mystery, one should not only be a good architect but also should know the character of Shams well,” Ardalan stated.
     
    “If so, you can expect the visitors to be mesmerized by the mystery of the mausoleum,”  
     
    Several literati and officials including Managing Director of the Shams and Rumi Foundation Hojjatollah Ayyubi and the director of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel attended the ceremony.
     
    The scholar and literati Mohammad-Ali Movahed, 91, who has done much research on Shams, was also honored during the ceremony.
     
    Photo: A bust of Shams of Tabriz is display near his grave in Khoy. 
     
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