0539 GMT December 01, 2020
In the occasion of World Philosophy Day (November 19), British Ambassador to Tehran Rob McMuire posted photos of the tombs of the Persian poet Omar Khayyam, the great philosopher Avicenna, and the statue of Zoroaster, tweeting: “Let us remember that their thoughts have shaped human knowledge of the world.”
“Here in Iran, people are rightly proud of the great thinkers of their country – thinkers who have excelled in disciplines such as ethics, theology, science and medicine (all of which were once considered philosophy),” he tweeted, according to jamaran.news.
Describing 2020 as a difficult year in which we need action, McMuire explained, “In response to the coronavirus pandemic, medical ethics is required, and in response to the access to vaccines, social justice is required. This is a good day to remember thinkers as well as practitioners.”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the third Thursday in November as World Philosophy Day.
Khayyam is chiefly known to English-speaking readers through a translation of a collection of his quatrains in the “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” by the English writer Edward FitzGerald.
Avicenna was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age.