Persian literature: Women writers’ role acknowledged

Published: September 13, 2013

Iranian cultural counsellor says seminars should be held for intellectual grooming of students. PHOTO: FILE

Women writers have played a major role in the development and promotion of Persian literature, noted Iranian novelist and short-story writer Mitra Biat said.

She was giving a lecture on “Modern Persian Fiction” arranged by the Department of Persian Language and Literature, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), in collaboration with the Iran-Pakistan Institute of Persian Studies on Thursday, said a press release.

Iranian Cultural Counsellor Dr Taqi Sadeqi was the chief guest. Director Iran-Pakistan Institute of Persian Studies Dr Kherman Solaimani, Head of Persian Department Dr Mehar Noor Muhammad Khan, faculty members, students from other colleges and universities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad also attended the session.

Biat said that women have a very special role in the promotion and development of modern as well as classical literature.

Women have been very instrumental in keeping the tradition of story telling alive since generations.

“As far as the modern literature is concerned the women writers and story-tellers have excelled their male counterparts,” she said.

Dr Sadeqi said that such gatherings help students and learners to further conceptualise their thoughts. “Such seminars should be held for the intellectual grooming of the students and faculty members.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2013.

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