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Published: 1149 GMT August 25, 2014

Iran holds conference on ancient philosopher Avicenna

Iran holds conference on ancient philosopher Avicenna

Iran has hosted a conference on the philosophy of the Islamic physician and philosopher Avicenna in the country’s midwest city of Hamedan.

Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation Director Ayatollah Ghiaseddin Taha-Mohammadi and a number of clerics and scholars attended the conference held at the Hamedan University of Medical Sciences, Press TV reported.

Organized by the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation, the one-day conference was held to commemorate the ancient scientist Avicenna (Ibn Sinna) on Iran’s National Physicians’ Day, August 23.

Born in 980 CE, Abu Ali Sina (Ibn Sina) read and memorized the entire Qur’an by age 10 and began his prodigious writing career at age 21.

Known with Latinized name Avicenna, was a Persian polymath, physician and philosopher who wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects.

Avicenna’s internationally renowned book The Canon of Medicine has been a medical text-book studied in many medieval universities.

In the medieval Islamic world, due to Avicenna's successful reconciliation between the Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism, the Avicennism had eventually become the leading school of Islamic philosophy with Avicenna becoming a central authority on philosophy.

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