Tehran and Tabriz
Fatima Fleur Nassery
Bonnin speaking at the Unesco Moulana Congress in Tehran and
The title of her talk was "Eshq and Ubbudiyyat"
("Love and Servanthood" )
The International Congress
on Rumi was Iran's main celebration of the 800th
anniversary of the birth of the Persian poet Moulana Jalaluddin
Rumi. The conference was held in Tehran on 28 - 29 October
2007 and then continued for three more days in Tabriz and
Khoy to commemorate Rumi's pir, Shams al-din Tabrizi.
The conference was organized into seven sessions, which reflected
the diversity of Rumi's thought. The seven sessions were:
Philosophy and Wisdom; Religion and Mysticism; Rumi in
the Contemporary World; Rumi Beyond Borders; Art and Aesthetics;
The Art of Storytelling and Language and Literature.
The conference was opened with speeches delivered by the
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Speaker of
the Parliament and the Minister of Guidance, as well as a
number of well-known Scholars from Iran and abroad. Of 450
abstracts and papers submitted, 170 were selected from Iran
and around the world, with approximately 200 scholars participating
in the conference. From Australia, Fatima Fleur Nassery
Bonnin was invited to talk in the Philosophy and Wisdom sessions
and spoke on "Moulana Rumi, Love and Servanthood".
Other speakers at the conference included, Lucien W. Stone,
U.S.A., Nasrollah Pourjavady, Iran, Alice Hunsberger, U.S.A,
Akira Matsumoto, Japan, Javid Iqbal, Pakistan, Alan Godlas,
U.S.A., Paul Ballanfat, France and Annabel Keeler, UK