This seminar on the philosophy and poetry of peace as articulated in

Iranian spirituality and philosophy, and Western spirituality and

metaphysics, is an important gathering during which we shall be comparing and contrasting the greatest thinkers of Western and Iranian history and asking whether their teachings and insights on peace cannot give us hope for a solution to the diplomatic and political crises affecting Western-Iranian relations.


Papers and contributions to this event are welcomed.  If attendance not possible, please submit your paper or contribution to the email listed below.


Among the following topics will be considered:


Molla Sadra and Iranian Idealist Theosophy

Rumi and the Iranian dimensions of his life and thought

Hafiz and the Muses of Shiraz

Emerson and New England Transcendentalism

Platonism, Neo-Platonism and the theurgical tradition

Herodotus and the Persian-Greco Wars – Time For A Final Peace Treaty ?

European literature and poetry and Orientalism

Zoroastrianism and Druidry – ancient wisdom traditions

American New Age philosophy and Iranian theosophy

Bahai spirituality

Sufism Ancient and Modern

Shi’ism and the Mystical roots of Imamate theology

Philosophy East and West – Iranian, European and American

Iranian Occidentalism: the discovery of the West in Persian thought

Judaism and its Iranian influences

Ahriman, Satan and Luicifer – a tale of three devils

The Messaiah and the Saoshyant – a tale of two myths

Iranian-Israeli- Western peacemaking initiatives

The Golden Gate Project and Apocalyptic Nuclearism – a tale of two choices


The evening will conclude with a poetry recital, to musical accompaniment, on

“Poetic peacemaking – can crazy wisdom save the planet?”



Taking place at the Castle of the Muses in Scotland, from 11 am to 7.30pm


See for further details.

Please email: if you would like to attend.


The host for the day is Dr Thomas Clough Daffern, Director of the

International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy

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Comment by Tim Upham on August 4, 2012 at 9:49pm

The best thing to do is to go back to the 11th to 14th centuries, C.E., when there was a Golden Age of Persian Poetry.  To look at the individual poets, and what they wrote.  This golden age was brought to an end by the Mongol invasion of Persia.


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