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Iranian President talks about Islamic Civilization at Nazarbayev University

11 september 2014, 00:29
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President of Iran Hassan Rouhani has delivered a lecture on a role of science in the modern world to the students and faculty members of Astana-based Nazarbayev University on September 9, Tengrinews reports.

It was the Iranian leader’s first official visit to Kazakhstan since his election as President of Iran in August 2013.

As part of his visit, on Tuesday, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani along with his Kazakhstani counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev toured the Nazarbayev University.

When speaking to the students and faculty members of the university, Iranian leader stressed the role of science in development of the modern society. “It is time to revive our ancient Islamic civilization and science. Islam always calls for a peaceful coexistence of science, religion and all nationalities next to each other. The glorious Islamic civilization that once existed was a scientific one. We need to educate the younger generation not only as mujtahids (an individual who is qualified to interpret the Islamic law), but also as muchtahids, that is professionals. We must resist any oppression, but this does not mean that we should spread extremism," Iranian President said.

According to him, it is necessary to invigorate both the science and the mentality, because this would help eliminate the roots of extremism and violence.

“We are at the crossroads between East and West. We do not intend to confront either the East or the West. We believe that a combination of Western and Eastern theologies is the right theology. We have managed to bring the traditional science closer to the new science," he said.

He continued by remembering the outstanding scholars and public figures of the past, like Al-Farabi (a renowned scientist and philosopher of the Islamic Golden Age known in the West as Alpharabius), Ferdowsi (a highly revered Persian poet and the author of the epic of Shahnameh - the Persian "Book of Kings" - which is the world's longest epic poetry created by a single poet, and the national epic of Iran) and Khwarizmi (a Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer during the Abbasid Caliphate transliterated in the West as Algoritmi).

"Why some mercenary media outlets accuse us of extremism? The answer is very simple. We mush have paid little attention to mentality in some of our actions, we used to forget about science. We failed to play our important role in spreading our local science. We thought that imitating was better than thinking. That is why no more Farabis and Khwarizmis are born in our land now,” Hassan Rouahani said.

He spoke about Iran's readiness to cooperate with Kazakhstan in the field of science and education. "The Islamic Republic of Iran is willing to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries in all areas, including the field of science, and expand the cooperation between our universities. We can launch student exchange programs, provide scholarships, and by doing that we will exchange the scientific experience," he said.

At the end, the Iranian President left an entry in the University’s guest book.

Reporting by Altynai Zhumzhumina, writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina


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