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Academy of Persian Language and Literature
Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:1AM
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In the historical Iranian city of Toos, in Razavi Khorasan province lays a man who, more than a thousand years ago, made protecting the Persian language and culture against the onslaught of Arabic, his mission in life.


He dedicated 30 years of his life to writing the long epic poem, Shahnameh (the book of kings). Abollghasem Ferdowsi set out to achieve this daunting act of literary genius with one purpose in mind; safeguarding and preserving the language and customs of the Iranian people.

Down the ages, with various invasions led by moguls, Arabs and Turks, the Persian language was bombarded with other eastern tongues. Then during the Qajar dynasty that lasted from1785 to 1925, the Qajar kings, captivated by the Western world, started a new chapter in Iran’s history.

Language became an instrument for importing the latest technologies, industrial feats, and art forms of the West.

Foreign experts came to Iran, and Iranian students went to study abroad, the Dar al-Funun institute for higher learning was opened and European professors travelled to Persia draw by the allure of the Orient, to teach alongside Iranian lecturers. In short the fight to preserve the Persian language only got harder as time passed.
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