Iran to Hold First International Shakespeare Conference
October 22 -23, 2014
… by Dr. Ismail Salami, Editor, … Press TV, Tehran
The International Conference on Shakespeare is scheduled to be held in Iran for the first time ever.
Dubbed “Not of an Age but for All Ages: First International Conference in Iran on Shakespeare Studies (ICISS)”, the conference will explore themes such as ‘Shakespeare and Political Discourse’, ‘Shakespeare under the Iranian Eye’ ‘Shakespeare and Adaptation’, ‘Radical Shakespeare’, ‘Shakespeare and Mysticism’ and ‘Shakespeare and Popular Culture’.
Organized by the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the University of Tehran, the conference will run from October 22 through October 23, 2014 in Tehran.
Eminent British Shakespearean scholar Martin Lings, who later converted to Islam and penned a biography on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), revealed in his book Shakespeare in the Light of Sacred Art (1998) that mysticism is clearly discernible in the works of Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare is considered the world’s greatest playwright. He is survived by 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are frequently staged all around the globe.
Leading Shakespeare scholars as well as the admirers of the Bard will be attending the conference.
The event will be chaired by Dr. Maryam Beyad and Dr. Ismail Salami, the two Iranian Shakespeare scholars and professors at the University of Tehran.
Dr Ismail Salami is an internationally published author, university professor, Shakespearean scholar, Quranologist, political commentator, and lexicographer. He writes extensively on the US and Middle East issues and his writings have been translated into a number of languages. A professor at the University of Tehran, Salami has written dozens of scholarly articles on Shakespeare, comparative literature and cultural issues in international journals.
His recent book Shakespeare and the Reader (Illinois, 2013) reflects his passion for the Bard. Some of his works include A Dictionary of Journalism (2006; II vols.), A Dictionary of Security and Intelligence Terms, Persian Fairy Tales (1999), and Iran Cradle of Civilization. His conceptual translation of the Holy Quran in English will be published by Mehrandish Books in the near future. Salami is a former editor-in-chief of the Tehran Times International Daily. More articles by Dr. Salami.
Editing: Jim W. Dean
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