Hamedan deserves to become the global headquarters for researching Avicenna, said Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili pointed out that Islamic Iran prides itself culturally and epistemologically on scholars and scientists such as Avicenna, also known as Ibn Sina, IRNA reported.

The minister released a message marking the national day of Avicenna (August 23) on Tuesday, where he described Avicenna as not only the crème de la crème of his age but also the crème de la crème of all ages.

“A thousand years ago, Avicenna pushed the borders of knowledge, decorum, and wisdom and took up residence in the land of love and awareness,” Esmaeili stated.

He expressed hope that a literal and conceptual road is built between the Sohrevard Village, the birthplace of another great Islamic scholar Shahabuddin Yahya Sohrevardi, and Hamedan, where Avicenna drew his last breath.

Sohrevardi and Avicenna are among the top figures of Illuminationism and Peripatetic schools of thought, respectively, and the Iranian official believes that scientifically and philosophically-minded tourists of the world would enjoy the possibility of paying a visit to both places.

August 23, the birth anniversary of the Avicenna, is also recognized as National Physicians’ Day in Iran.


Source: Iran Daily