The First Expedition to Investigate the Scientific and Cultural Legacy of Abu Ali ibn Sina

UZA News

The Ibn Sina Public Foundation was set up by the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in January 1999 and has been honored with eight domestic and fifteen international awards in the past five years.

During the exchange of official visits between the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi and the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on September 14-15, 2022 and June 18, respectively, the two countries discussed the development of their multifaceted relations and practical cooperation in priority areas. A Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ibn Sina Public Foundation (Uzbekistan) and the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation (Iran) was signed.

In response, the Ibn Sina Foundation proposed the organization of the first scientific expedition to Iran to explore the legacy of the renowned scholar, to further enhance the political image of Uzbekistan in the international arena, and to develop the scientific and cultural potential of the country. The mission was to establish business and scientific contacts with research institutes and Iranian scientists, gain access to book reserves, original manuscripts, and their copies, collaborate on language translations and research projects, and make a documentary film about Abu Ali ibn Sina.

The Foundation formed a group of ten people from the Academy of Sciences, the Center for Islamic Civilization, the Agency for the Development of the Pharmaceutical Industry, the Cultural Heritage Agency of Uzbekistan, the Institute of Oriental Studies named after Abu Rayhan Beruni, and the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan (NTRC).

On July 14, 2023, the Uzbekistan delegation flew to Tehran to investigate the scientific and cultural heritage of Abu Ali ibn Sina. At the Imam Khomeini International Airport, the mission was greeted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Iran, B. Abdullayev, and representatives of the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation.

A working meeting was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where the details of the first expedition of Uzbekistan to Iran to study the legacy of Abu Ali ibn Sina were discussed.

The Uzbekistan delegation then visited the National Library of Iran, where they were given a tour of the special repository of rare manuscripts and a roundtable discussion was held.

The researchers also visited the Isfahan University of Technology, where an event was attended by the leadership and staff of the university, representatives of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and Avicenna scientists. The Isfahan University of Technology was awarded the Abu Ali ibn Sina Prize and a commemorative gift from the Ibn Sina Foundation. Following the visit, the Iranian Foreign Ministry arranged a tour of the historical sites of Isfahan.

The delegation then visited Abu Ali ibn Sina University in Hamedan, the Cultural Heritage Center, and the Abu Ali ibn Sina complex, where the grave of our compatriot is located. The Uzbekistan delegation, respecting Islam’s cultural and religious traditions, paid their respects to our great compatriot and recited a prayer – Tilavat.

The guests also visited the museum and library on the complex’s grounds.

The delegation then visited the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation, where the results of the first official expedition of Uzbekistan to Iran to study the heritage of Abu Ali ibn Sina were summarized and the prospects for further bilateral scientific and cultural cooperation were determined.

It should be noted that NTRC journalists filmed over twelve hours of photo and video material during the expedition. Seventeen thematic video materials were prepared and broadcast on the air in the “No Comment” and “Mobile Report” formats, and shown on the state TV channel “O’zbekiston Tarikhi”.

The expedition’s activities in Iran were also widely covered in the Iranian media.

To further develop the Uzbekistan – Iran scientific and cultural cooperation, the Ibn Sina Foundation proposed organizing a scientific and practical conference on “Abu Ali ibn Sina and Civilization” and an Uzbekistan – Iran scientific roundtable discussion within the framework of the upcoming XII International Avicenna Readings in Bukhara in October 2023. The Iranian side expressed its readiness and great interest in taking part in the event.

N. Makhmudov,

Chairman of the Board of Ibn Sina Public Foundation.


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