Dr. Muhammad Safeer
Language and literature reflect the culture of a nation. Literary history of a land unfolds the richness by presenting the works of its renowned poets and writers.
Persian is one of the most important Languages of the world. It has been the official language of the Sub- Continent up to Mughal rule in this area. Learning Persian language helps to keep ourselves fully acquainted with the history of Sub-Continent, Culture and literary heritage of our fore- fathers. Our national language, Urdu has more than 60% Persian words. Learning Persian language is not only a source of developing our relations with Iran, Afghanistan and other Persian speaking countries but also helps us in fully understanding Urdu language, literature and Allama 1qbal’s poetry.
It bears a precious treasure of ethics and moral values. We should learn this language of our fore fathers as a second language. Persian is second only to Arabic as the fountain of Islamic culture. Readers, the world over, treasure the poems of Roomi and Saadi, the great mystical poets of the Sufi tradition, and also of the famous works of Persian literature such as Shahnama of Firdoosi, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, and Divan of Hafiz Shirazi etc. Moreover, Persian bears a precious treasure of ethics and moral values. It is also the key to the beauties of medieval Persian culture, architecture, music and painting.
With the passage of time importance of Persian language is increasing. Consequence upon the geo-political developments in the region, Persian has gained strategic importance. Modern Persian (also called Dari) is spoken by almost 100 million speakers not just in Iran, but also in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Central Asian Countries. These Countries have rich energy & natural resources. Knowledge of Persian will not only help us to develop our relations with these countries but will also be a source for anyone to pursue a variety of exciting careers in government, international business and education.
Department of Persian language & Literature, NUML is one of the unique departments of Persian learning in Pakistan. It is the only department where Persian Languages functional courses are taught in the respective language. Department of Persian is the Nucleus of the NUML as the former National Institute of Modern languages started its functioning with teaching of Persian language.
Persian Department was established in 1970. The aim of the establishment of Persian department was to promote Persian language which is the heir of cultural and literary heritage of the Muslims in the Sub-Continent and to strengthen brotherly & fraternal Relations with the Persian speaking countries ie Iran, Afghanistan & Tajikistan.
Modern Persian, called FARSI, is spoken by 120 million people not just in Iran, but also in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Keeping in view the new economic developments in the region Persian will immensely help to pursue a variety of exciting careers in Government, International business and education.
To introduce new directions of criticism and research which may prove to be beneficial in all fields of life besides focusing on Persian language and literature, producing skilled translators, competent interpreters, distinguished teachers and innovative researchers.
The objective of establishing Persian department is to enable the students to communicate fluently in Persian language while keeping in mind the complete knowledge of its rules and regulations with the depiction of Persian literary texts. Furthermore, our aim is to define new directions of research and inculcate different forms of learning by providing highest quality and goal oriented education which would encourage the students to build up their pedagogical skills and help them find the best opportunity to work in their desired fields such as translators and interpreters especially producing competent teachers is one of the major aims of the department of Persian.