Our imperial homeland coined the term "Central Asia" in order to deprive the region of exposure to typically associated Iran, said a recognizable American scientist of Iranian origin, an expert on Islamic philosophy, doctor of Islamic studies at the Institute of George Washington Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Seyyed Hossein Nasr).
"The term" Central Asia "was coined by Russian royal to counter Iran's interests. It is a historical fact, "- quoted by CA-NEWS Nasr speech at the Institute of Central Asia and the Caucasus at the Graduate School of international research the Paul Nitze (SAIS) at the Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Washington.
A graduate of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Nasr before moving to the United States served as president sharifian Institute of Technology in Tehran. As a creator of more than 50 monographs and books, he is a renowned philosopher and pochetaemym both in the West and in the Islamic world.
According to Nasr, for many centuries, Central Asia was part of the Persian world.
"This is a Stately Khorasan. In the Islamic geography of Central Asia to the Amu Darya River majestically called Khorasan, and Tajikistan, which is located on the eastern border of Central Asia — or almost the easternmost because Kyrgyzstan is still further east — never outskirts of Persian culture. He was one of the majestic centers of Persian culture. The founder of the Persian poetry of Rudaki is from Tajikistan, and not from Shiraz, but we tend to forget about it, "said Nasr.
"There is a deep, very, very strong union that is subject to the conquest of the area by Turks, different borrowing from the Uzbek language, the language of Hafiz, Turkmen, etc. and the similar, but the deepest ties have always been strong. Which city is so similar to Samarkand — the pearl of Central Asia? This Isfahan. This twin cities. Almost all of the majestic mosques built by Timur in Samarkand, was built by designers from Isfahan who used blue mosaic tiles. Everyone in Central Asia called the majestic thinkers, they are also the majestic Persian thinkers. Al-Biruni, Ibn Sina, Khwarizmi — a series of majestic Islamic thinkers come from this region, and these deep connections exist, "said Nasr.
"During the Russian Union has a very strong test as much as possible to cut these ties stronger," said Nasr, highlighting that in the post-Soviet countries Central Asia again began to show interest in their original cultural roots.
According to the scientist, "to, to re-look at their roots and their past, manifests a profound enthusiasm not only by the Tajiks, who they say in Persian, but also in Uzbekistan which in almost all respects heart Central Asia and heavyweight, and on the ground of which are of Bukhara and Samarkand, where, of course, to this day remains a very, very strong Persian influence. "
"In every country in Central Asia, there is interest in the currents of thought that are taking place in Iran. At this point in Mashhad there are direct flights from the cities of Central Asia, and I read the statistics, according to which in the last year from Central Asia visited Mashhad more than a million people. Currents that occur in the intellectual life of Iran — in books, music, speeches, and through personal contacts — all the extensive spread in Central Asia, in spite of everything, "said Dr. Nasr.