Persian language is quite popular among the Greeks thanks to the two countries’ deep cultural relations resulting from their historical interactions.
The remarks were made by Angeliki Ziaka, the associate professor of religion and scientific director of the Undergraduate Program on Islamic Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s School of Theology, in a virtual meeting with Iran’s cultural attaché in Greece, Mehdi Nikkhah-Qomi, IRNA wrote.
In the meeting, the two sides also discussed continuation of scientific and cultural cooperation.
Stressing the importance of the continued collaborations between the two sides, Ziaka said, “I and a number of the university’s professors have been cooperating with the cultural section of the Iranian Embassy in Athens for close to 10 years.
She expressed hope that such collaborations would continue.
Ziaka said teaching Persian language at the School of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is very important and can help expand cooperation in other sectors.
“Persian language has been taught at this university since 1990.”
On scientific cooperation between the two countries, she noted that relations between Iran and Greece are historical, which has caused the two states to be impacted by one another in certain fields.
Ziaka added philosophy is among these fields, saying the Western and the Iranian-Islamic philosophies have had mutual impacts on each other.
She described any cooperation with Iranian universities and academic centers as necessary for raising the scientific level of students at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, expressing support for such collaborations.
Emphasizing the importance of enhancing cooperation between the two sides, Nikkhah-Qomi said thanks to technological advances in the field of communications, the interested students at the School of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki can attend online courses in Islamic philosophy, Islamic studies and Shia studies offered by Iran.
In September, Nikkhah-Qomi said despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Greeks have shown keen interest in attending Persian language courses this year.
He added there are different types of Persian language teachings in Greece.
Nikkhah-Qomi said a number of courses are held by Iran’s Sa’adi Foundation with the help of Iran’s Cultural Center, noting, “Some of our language learners have been attending these classes for four years and have attained a good level of language proficiency.”
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of the Panteios Library & Information Center also hold Persian language and literature courses, the he added.