Negin sofal Isfahan in the heart of the Isfahan city beats-the third
Foreword by Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr,
George Washington University :
Pottery reliefs setting in the heart of the Isfahan city beats-Part 3.
The establishment of Isfahan as the capital of the Safavid Empire is of special significance for the history of this city. Safavid Isfahan, built mostly by Shah ‘Abbas, became one the most artistically and architecturally dazzling cities of the world. It became a city from which the finest textiles, carpets, tiles, calligraphy, miniatures and many other froms of art reached the rest of Persia and the world beyod its borders from Europe to India, a city whose own architecture and city planning soon gained global fame. It was also here in Isfahan where many Armenian Christians were settled by Shah ‘Abbas and where the followers of all three Abrahamic faiths, that is Christians, Jews, who belonged to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, and Muslims lived together peacefully and to a large extent in accord. This fact is particularly significant in light of the fact that it was from Isfahan as a center that Islam began to spread throughout the Iranian Platteau.
. It is remarkable that the hard working people of this oasis were able to protect this delicate ecological balance over the centuries and even made Isfahan a major center of agriculture where some of Persia’s best fruits from cherries to melons have been produced over the ages. Today Isfahan remains the jewel in the crown of Persian cities. It is still a major center of the arts and architecture, of economic activity as well as intellectual life with flourishing traditional madrasahs as well as modern universities. Its delicate ecological
Balance haz been challenged by many factors and events in recent decades but the balance has not been destroyed.
It is , needless to say , of the outmost importance to make this remarkable city better known, a task whose realization is the goal of this outstanding book , itself a work of art,by the gifted Persian scholar and artist Mr.farzin Rezaeian to whom all the lovers of this city and in fact of Persian culture itself remain in debt. This knowledge is itself essentialfor the peresentationof this unique heritage by the present generation of Iranians who are called upon by the hands of destiny to pereserve this city in its traditional character both for those who are living today and for posterity.
One cannot speak of Isfahan without mentioning the fact that ecologically speaking its very existence is a miracle. The city and its environs constitute an oasis in the middle of a large desert. A single source of water, the Zayand Rud River, has made the life of this oasis possible. Its name which means, “the river that gives birth to life, “is indeed a most appropriate one. It is remarkable that the hard working people of this oasis were able to protect this delicate ecological balance over the centuries and even made Isfahan a major center of agriculture where some of Persia’s best fruits from cherries to melons have been produced over the ages. Today Isfahan remains the jewel in the crown of Persian cities
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