Iran Corner reopens at Indonesian university

November 6, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Iran Corner at the University of Muhammadiyah in Jakarta (UMJ) was officially reopened during a ceremony on November 1.

The office was destroyed as a consequence of the flooding disaster at Situ Gintung on April 3 in 2009.
Iran’s ambassador to Indonesia Mahmud Farazandeh, UMJ Rector Hj. Masyitoh and Iranian and Indonesian officials attended the reopening ceremony.
An Iranian library with over 3,000 books in different languages including Indonesian, Arabic and English was also inaugurated on the sidelines of the event at the University of Muhammadiyah.
Iran’s cultural attaché’s office in Jakarta is also holding cultural week at different academic centers in Indonesia to introduce Indonesian academics with Iran’s attractions from November 1 to 6.
Iran was the cradle of Islamic culture and civilization and many great Muslim intellectuals are from Iran, UMJ Rector Hj. Masyitoh mentioned at the ceremony.
She went on to say that after the Islamic revolution, books by Persian intellectuals including Imam Khomeini, Allameh Tabatabii and Ali Shariati were translated into Indonesian.
She said that she has decided to translate Imam Khomeini’s “Forty Hadiths” into Indonesian in the near future.
At the ceremony, Iran’s ambassador Farazandeh also spoke briefly saying that Iranian scholars studied different sciences in old times when doing so was not commonplace in other countries.
He called the cooperation between Iranian and Indonesian academies a “necessity” and stressed that sharing experiences in academic achievements is a factor which strengthens the Islamic world.
Muhammadiyah is an Islamic organization in Indonesia founded in 1912 by Ahmad Dahlan in the city of Yogyakarta. It has a number of universities which are spread out in several provinces of Indonesia.