An international conference was held virtually by the ECO Cultural Institute in cooperation with Allameh Tabatabai University to commemorate Hafez.
According to ECO Cultural Institute, the event hosted professors from Persian language faculties of universities in Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Lebanon, who, on the occasion of October 20th and Hafez Day, delivered speeches on this great poet of the region.
The session opened with the remarks by Sarvar Bakhti, the president of the ECO Cultural Institute. Beginning his speech with a verse by Shelbi Namani in praising Hafez, Bakhti pointed to the reason Hafez is everlasting in the people's heart and mind and said: "Still people eagerly refer to his divan for consultation and to refresh their souls and perhaps, few people are aware of the fact that in the land of Rudaki, still mothers place the divan of Hafez under the pillows of their children to protect them from all evil."
Other speakers of the event included Mohammad Nasser Rahyab, Professor of Persian Language and Literature and chancellor of Ghalib University in Herat, Afghanistan; Mohammad Hassan Hassanzadeh, Director of the Department of Persian Language and Literature, Allameh Tabatabai University; Goran Bekov, Professor of Persian Language and Literature at Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies; Yagoub Shafaq, Professor of Persian Language and Literature, Kirkkala University, Turkey; Abbas Ali Vafai, faculty member of Allameh Tabatabai University and Naima Shakar, professor of Zahla University of Literature and Humanities in Lebanon.
Abdul Nabi Sattarzadeh, professor of Persian language and literature at Tajikistan National University, also presented comprehensive information on the background of Hafez studies in Tajikistan via a video message.
The participation of professors from Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Lebanon at this event, is an indication of the scope of impact of Hafez's poems beyond the geographical and linguistic borders of the poet's homeland and his popularity among Persian and non-Persian speakers.