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Iran to Hold First International Shakespeare Conference


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Iran to hold first International Shakespeare conference

October 22 -23,  2014

 

… by  Dr.  Ismail  Salami, Editor,      … Press TV,  Tehran

 

A playwright for the ages who still crosses cultures

A playwright for the ages who still crosses cultures

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 DailyMore articles by Dr. Salami.

Editing:  Jim W. Dean

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12 Responses to "Iran to Hold First International Shakespeare Conference"

  1. Ann  April 17, 2014 at 6:37 am

    What a magnificent project! I hope it is followed by many more. Shakespeare left such an indelible mark on our language that he is quoted in conversation and writing at every level of communication. His timeless plays cross all cultural boundaries and appeal to the universal and recognizable human experience, regardless of who or where we are.

    There are more events planned for 2016
    http //www.shakespeareunited.org/

  2. peterof lone tree  April 16, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Let’s hope the conference stays amiable
    “Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship”
    http //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxfordian_theory_of_Shakespeare_authorship.

    • Curmudgeon  April 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Yes, the theory still exists, in spite of evidence that Shakespeare was in a religious school in Italy for a few years. While trying to blow off Shakespeare’s family as nobodies, the fact that his father, while himself semi-literate, attained public office, owned two houses and married into wealth. The parents could well have afforded a good education for little Billy.

  3. stephanaugust  April 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Will they also address the Jewish rewriting of Shakespears?

    — Howard Jacobson to rewrite Shakespeare

    By Josh Jackman, September 9, 2013 Follow The JC on Twitter

    Award-winning author Howard Jacobson has been commissioned to rewrite The Merchant of Venice.

    Publisher Penguin Random House asked Mr Jacobson to write an updated prose “retelling” of the play as part of a series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

    • Curmudgeon  April 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

      …and Othello will be re-written to ensure that he wasn’t a Moor, but an Israelite who was the victim of anti-Semitism.

    • stephanaugust  April 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

      At least all stories they write become timeless classics in text books.

    • Curmudgeon  April 17, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Would that be a timeless classic like the fairy tale of Fanne Rank?

  4. Zeta Reticuli  April 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Sounds fabulous. Hopefully it will be on youtube !!

  5. Serenity  April 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Great news!!! Here’s to a resounding success heard around the world!

  6. carsondyal  April 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Once again, we are reminded that Iran is a cultured, discerning nation with a rich history.

  7. truthman  April 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    VERY smooth move on the part of Iran. Intellectuals will flock to Iran for this and be likely dumbfounded with perception v. reality. Good on Iran. Good for truth and good for humankind.

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