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Scholar Mehdi Mohaqqeq honored
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Mehdi Mohaqqeq (L) receives a calligraphy work from an unidentified person during a ceremony held by the Bokhara monthly magazine in Tehran on February 16, 2013 to honor the Persian literature expert. (Photo by ISNA)
Mehdi Mohaqqeq (L) receives a calligraphy work from an unidentified person during a ceremony held by the Bokhara monthly magazine in Tehran on February 16, 2013 to honor the Persian literature expert. (Photo by ISNA)
TEHRAN -- Persian literature expert and scholar of Islamic science Mehdi Mohaqqeq was honored during a ceremony in Tehran at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation on Saturday evening.
 
The ceremony was organized by Bokhara, a Persian monthly on literature.
 
“Master Mehdi Mohaqqeq is one the greatest scholars our history has ever seen,” Shahnameh expert Bahaeddin Khorramshahi said in a short speech at the ceremony.
 
“He has the honor of Iran by his activities in international organizations and events,” he added.
 
“For his field trips, he wrote ‘Praise of God’s Grace’, which is an autobiography, a travelogue and a bibliography. I have never seen such an amazing work in my life,” he stated.
 
A retired professor of the University of Tehran, Mohaqqeq, 83, was the director of the Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries until May 2010. Afterwards, a cleric was appointed to the society by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
 
Mohaqqeq got Ph.D.s in the Persian literature and Islamic theology. He has written many books on Islamic medicine.
 
He also studied at the Mashhad and Tehran seminaries, where he received permission to practice ijtihad, the use of reasoning to arrive at the knowledge of truth in religious matters.
 
He is the founder of “The Shiism Encyclopaedia” and made very substantial contributions to “The Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam”.
 
“I do not deserve the praises given to me,” Mohaqqeq said.
 
“I have always wished that I could attend a meeting to criticize myself,” he added.
 
Mohaqqeq referred to the gold coins, which are usually awarded to certain scholars and literati during official ceremonies and said, “Awarding gold coins to scholars does not indicate respect for them. The scholars expect that their knowledge to be recognized and that they are provided with opportunities for work.”
 
He also thanked Bokaran Managing Director Ali Dehbashi for organizing commemoration ceremonies for Iranian and foreign scholars and literati.
 
Mohaqqeq’s wife Nushafarin Ansari, who is a children’s literature expert, also attended the ceremony.
 
“I married Mohaqqeq about a half century ago. During these few minutes, I will attempt to relate some of what happened in our home and what led our life toward happiness, peace, and friendship,” she said.
 
“Dialogue has always taken place in our home. Some things such as remembering people who live nearby, making efforts, innovations, spirituality, thinking, happiness and generosity are always being repeated in our lives,” she added.
 
The ceremony came to an end with speeches by some of Mohaqqeq’s friends and students.
 
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