A copy of the oldest Hafez poetry manuscripts discovered at the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford was unveiled Monday in a ceremony held at the Niavaran Cultural Center. Several cultural figures including vocalist Shahram Nazeri, musicians Farhad Fakhreddini and Homayun Khorram, calligrapher Mohammad Ehsaii and painter Aidin Aghdashlu attended the ceremony. The ceremony began with the recitation of the message from Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, Iran’s chairman of the Center for Dialogue between Civilizations and Cultures.
The priceless treasure was discovered by Iranian scholar Ali Ferdowsi. The collection is published by Dibayeh Publications and contains 49 ghazals and a single couplet along with a comparative study by scholar Ali Ferdowsi.