Dr. Najmeh Shobeiri*
“Here everything is much like Iran”
This might be the most popular sentence you hear from Iranian passengers to Spain. This is also my own personal experience in my first travel to Spain. At that time, despite my young age, I had no feeling of strangeness in an exotic country. Years later, in my first Trip to Andalus and while roaming in the Labyrinthine alleyways and Smelling the aroma of orange, I found me in the alleys of warm cities of Iran.
Undoubtedly,the beautiful Alhambra Palace and its gardens, streams and Arabic engraving lines,associate some parts of themselves for every Iranian. Visiting the mosque in Cordoba is a great story that I would write a novel about it.
Some years ago, in one of my visits to the mosque of Cordoba, I said to me: one day, I must share this specialSense of cultural fusion, familiar images, strange combination of mosque-church, streams of Granada, the smell of orange, Averroes` school, memories of watchtowers and tears and smiles of Andalus with people from my country.
Andalus is far but near, Andalus is strange but familiar.
In general, as much as Seville, Granada, and Cordoba are showcases of civilization, history, philosophy, theosophy, love, hatred, anger and happiness, they are also full of literature.
I believe that Allame Tabatabaee Universitywill perfectly host a great number of scholars and thinkers in this conference, who will study this civilization in terms of philosophy, theosophy, art and so on.
Finally I have no word except for expressing my great happiness of my old dreams which are coming true.
We strongly believe that enthusiastic steps of interested audiences can be associated with the heat of the Andalusian gardens for us.
*Head of the department of Spanish
Faculty of Persian Literature and Language
Allameh Tabatabai University