Jul 2, 2014, 8:16 PM
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Florence National Library holds Molana session

Tehran, July 2, IRNA -- A session on the renowned Iranian classical poet Molana Jalaleddin Rumi was held at the National Central Library of Florence.

Organized by the Iranian Cultural Center in Italy, the event was held as part of literary sessions, titled 'An Evening With Iranian Cultural Figures', to introduce Persian literature treasury, Thursday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily wrote.

Iranian Rumi researcher Gholam Reza Khaki was the event's lecturer, while Professor Sergio Futi from Florence University and Mohammad Khani, deputy head of Book City Institute's international affairs department, also spoke at the event.

"We speak Molana who spoke about love, friendship and spirituality. And, now in this chaotic world, he is always our illuminating force," Khani said.

Khaki referred to Molana's influence in Germany, France and English-speaking countries, and reviewed research undertaken worldwide on the great poet.

"Despite the fact that Molana was recognized in the West later than other renowned Persian poets such as Sa'di, Hafez and Khayyam, he has been much more in the limelight in recent decades. His masterpiece 'Masnavi Ma'navi' has been rendered into a number of languages."

Director of Florence National Library also expressed satisfaction with the program and said, "The library boasts a great collection of book thanks to our precious copy of the Persian magnum opus 'Shahnameh' by Abolqassem Ferdowsi."

Experts believe the book is among the most ancient manuscripts in the world, she added.