To best understand Iran and her people, one must first attempt to acquire an understanding of its ancient culture. It is in the study of this area where the Iranian identity optimally expresses itself. Hence the first sentence of prominent Iranologist Richard Nelson Frye's latest book on Iran reads:
"Iran's glory has always been its culture."
Iranians were not only open to other cultures, but freely adopted all they found useful for them. Thus an eclectic cultural elasticity has been said to be one of the key defining characteristics of the Persian spirit and a clue to its historic longevity.
The Iranian cultural region - consisting of the modern nations of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and surrounding regions - is home to one of the richest art heritages in world history and encompasses many disciplines including poetry, music, architecture, painting, film and cinemas, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking, and stone masonry.
We will try to provide a brief description along with some examples of each category here in this section.
Submitted by Admin on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 8:58pm.