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25 Apr 2024

Persian Civilisation and Islam

Persian Civilisation and Islam

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Somayyeh is a British poet, teacher, and translator who lives in Nottingham. She has been engaged with reading, writing, and diving in Persian, Turkish, and English literature since a very young age. She has written most of her poems in the Persian language and her focus on translation has been mainly from English to Persian.

Persian Civilisation and Islam

Persian language, culture, and scientific works have played a significant role in the development of the world’s civilisation. Persian, also known as Farsi, is one of the oldest living languages in the world and has been spoken for more than 2,500 years. It has been the official language of many empires, including the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian Empires

Persian culture is a rich blend of pre-Islamic and Islamic traditions, and it has made significant contributions to the Islamic world. Persian literature, for example, is known for its poetry, which includes works by famous poets such as Hafez, Saadi, and Ferdowsi. Persian poetry often includes philosophical and mystical themes and is highly regarded in the Islamic world.

Persian culture has also contributed significantly to Islamic art, with Persian designs and motifs being incorporated into Islamic architecture, ceramics, and textiles. Persian carpets, for example, are renowned for their intricate designs and are highly valued in the Islamic world.

In addition to literature and art, Persian civilisation has also made significant contributions to science. Persian scientists and scholars made important discoveries in fields such as mathematics, astronomy, and medicine. One of the most significant figures in Persian science is Al-Khwarizmi, who lived in the 9th century. Al-Khwarizmi is often called the father of algebra, and his works on mathematics had a significant influence on the development of the subject in the Islamic world and beyond.

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Another notable Persian scientist is Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, who lived in the 11th century. Ibn Sina made significant contributions to the fields of medicine, philosophy, and science. His book, “The Canon of Medicine,” was one of the most influential medical texts in history and was used as a medical reference book for centuries.

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Persian civilisation has had a mutually beneficial relationship throughout history. Amazingly, it is also true that Islam has given shape and meaning to Persian civilisation and has provided it with direction.

Islam brought with it a set of values and principles that resonated with the people of Persia and helped to shape their culture. These values include a strong emphasis on justice, equality, and compassion, which have been reflected in Persian literature, art, and science.

Moreover, Islam provided a unifying force that brought together the diverse cultures and traditions of the Persian empire, giving them a common purpose and direction. This led to a flowering of Persian culture and civilisation, with the development of poetry, art, architecture, and science that continue to be celebrated today.

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