IMG 2359 1 copyU On Friday, April 26, 2019. On the occasion of the publishing of book the "Sefernama iz Irana" by Hajrudin Somun , a talk on Iranian culture and civilization was held at the Center for Culture in Mostar, starting at 18:30. The discussion was attended by Saeid Abedpour and Nermin Hodžić from the Science and Research Institute "Ibn Sina" in Sarajevo, Muamer Kodrić and author of the book Hajrudin Somun.

Saeid Abedpour characterized Iran's culture and civilization as one of the most tolerant and influential in the history of the world, and added: Iranian civilization is the place of meeting and joining ideas, opinions, mystical testimonies and philosophical reflections, the place of the emergence of various religious and political movements, and in the post-Islamic period the most fertile center of Islamic civilization. Abedpour added: Iran is a country of support and diversity, a civilization that, along with the continuity of the Persian language, has also preserved ethnic and linguistic plurality, creating a rare example of unity in diversity. The earth is where you must storm if you want to understand even those ideas and opinions that did not arise on its soil, not just the philosophy and mysticism of Ibn Sinai and Suhravardi, but also the ideas and opinions of Plato, Aristotle and Ibn Arabi.
Nermin Hodžić stressed that it may be the secret of this civilization continuity and strength precisely in the Persian language and the great literary works that he had made during his history, especially in the latter millennium. By the strength of this rich literature, Persian language expanded its presence from China to the Balkans carrying different semantic layers, ideas and secrets that its fans around the world today are struggling. Hodzic added: The book of Hajrudina Somuna Sefernama (travelogue) from Iran is rarely seen and the extremely successful undertaking that the reader leads through all the complexities and mysteries of Iranian culture. It is also felt by the author's fall in love with Iran and Iranian culture, and a kind of interweaving of several genres, from travel and memoirs to novels and novels.
Muamer Kodrić, among others, said about Sefernam's book from Iran: This book is the result of the author's fall in love with Iranian culture, intertwined with his decades-long direct experience of Iran. But it's not a blind and irrational lover. It has its rational outlines and reasons. He tells us so skillfully, artistically and graphically about the tiniest details of this ancient culture and civilization that every reader is pushing for a new fall in love. This is an excellent masterpiece of Iranian tradition and culture, as well as contemporary political events that the author directly testified while staying in Iran as a news reporter and later as a diplomat. It is very difficult for me to find this parable in modern literature on Iran in European languages, and I appreciate it that it would be significant as an indispensable literature for Oriental students, but that the Iranians themselves would read it in Persian translation.
Hajrudin Somun, a doyen of Bosnian-Herzegovinian journalism and diplomacy and author of the book Sefernam from Iran (and this is his thirteenth book), commented on this occasion: Sefernama is the name for a travelogue in Iran. It is actually a travel and memoir book that talks about the culture and civilization of Iran , which is in fact an eternal category. Iranian civilization since the time of the hamenids from 2500 years ago has so far continuously produced topical works in all areas of philosophy and art. People say today there is a theocratic regime, claiming there is not so much culture and civilization. But it does. It's always the same. Those who rule in Iran have a particular tolerance towards good literary works, good films. They continue to support cultural and civilizational values. We are, unfortunately, overwhelmed with the negative propaganda about Iran, which mainly comes from Western media. Iran is not what Trump and the others in the West today and some of its rivals in the East portray it today. Everybody who goes there and finds out there for some time is convinced. Speaking of his relationship with Iran, Somun said he was 56 years old as a student for the first time in Iran. Later he stayed there as a journalist following the Iranian revolution and as a diplomat performing the duty of the deputy ambassador of Yugoslavia, and twice on the anniversary of marking the Iranian revolution. "A man once when he goes to Iran simply falls in love with him," said Somun.
The author of the book Sefernam from Iran, recently published by the publishing house Good Books, also recited the verses of the prominent Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri, in Persian and Bosnian.IMG 2366 2 copy