A two-day event was launched in the western city of Herat on Wednesday. On the 580th birthday of the famous philosopher, author, and writer Amir Ali-Shir Nava’i.
At the time, the Timurid Empire ruled the city of Herat. Later on, it grew to be one of the Muslim world’s most important cultural and intellectual centres.
Nava’i the famous Philosopher
Nava’i was born in Afghanistan’s Herat province in 1441. He died in 1501. Nava’i was a well-known writer and intellectual in his day. There are approximately 370 of his works still in existence today. He also spoke many languages fluently, including Turkish, Uzbek, and Persian. Furthermore, Navai was one of the great thinkers of the Timurid Empire and the Khorasan dynasty. He was a symbol of mysticism and politics.
Nava’i Festival held on Wednesday
The countries represented at the Nava’i festival were; Turkey, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Iran. The festival focused on the ancient poet’s legacy. President Ghani stressed the importance of improving cultural relations between countries in the region. In a recorded message played at the event, he further stated that it would bring nations together.
Highlighting the importance of cultural heritage in regional peace at the Nava’i Festival
Moreover, he said that the importance of regional cooperation, with a focus on cultural and economic relations, as well as proud pro-peace thoughts, will lead us to a peaceful environment. Additionally, he acknowledged the critical role of figures like Nava’i in fostering a culture of peace, harmony, regional cooperation, and national unity in a world free of violence.
Moreover, Tahir Zuhair (Acting Minister of Information and Culture) said, cultural deadlocks can be removed by reinforcing relations with our cultural heritage.” He further emphasized figures like Nava’i saying that their history is accompanied by solidarity and unity.
Uzbekistan special envoy to Afghanistan, Ismatulla Irgashev, who addressed the public at the Nava’i Festival, said that his country is ready to fully support the peace efforts in Afghanistan. “We are actively participating in the Afghan peace process,” he said. Therefore they hope for long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Moreover, Other envoys stressed the importance of peace in Afghanistan and said it would benefit the region. According to Ali Arghon Chinar, head of the Turkish prime minister’s office, such an event serve union between countries in the region.