Muscat Daily Columnist
The writer is an architect who came to Oman 30 years ago
Alexandria in Egypt was renowned for its one of the first libraries in history. Built around 200 BC, this institution used to house a wide number of scrolls containing numerous writings pertaining to history, medicine, mathematics, philosophy, astronomy etc. There were no books, (printing appeared 1400 years later only), but just original writings signed by authors. The information was based on discoveries in ancient Egypt, Persia, India, China and Syria.
These days, the name ‘Iran’ often appears in the news, described as a country based on antagonism, ‘aggressivity’ and other qualities. But the country has many other qualities that one should not ignore.
In the new era, we are witnessing the strangest attitudes. While numeric technology has taken over many jobs and replaced humans, we see that in France, for example, ‘yellow vest’ protesters have been on the streets for 25 weeks asking for jobs and revenues.
As one of the 7.5bn inhabitants of this world in 2017, I thought of providing some thoughts to some other people living on this planet, knowingly precisely that hardly anybody will follow my advice, but it may encourage others to express themselves.
Now that the governments of Oman and Iran have decided to have closer cooperation, maybe the time has come to talk about Persia or Iran’s past and present treasures, the most popular being the Persian carpet.