The commemoration ceremony of Prof. Mohammad Jafar Yahaghi, professor of Persian language and literature at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM), was held on Thursday, February 23, 2023. Prof. Yahaghi is also a fellow member of the Persian Language and Literature Academy Council and an Iranian researcher and writer. This ceremony was held with the presence of Dr. Zabett, the president of FUM, and a group of prominent figures in the field of literature, cinema, research, and translation.
Dr. Gholam Reza Hassani Darmian, the head of the Faculty of Literature of FUM while welcoming the attendees said: Prof. Mohammad Jaafar Yahaghi can be considered one of the custodians of the Persian language and literature. He is among the people who have had a great influence on the education of many generations. Yahaghi is undoubtedly one of the country's pride today.
Prof. Seyed Mahdi Zarghani, a member of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and one of the expert professors in the field of Persian language and literature, also discussed the thought and character of Prof. Mohammad Jaafar Yahaghi from different perspective in this ceremony. He said: among thinkers, some are traditionalists, some are anti-traditionalists, and there is a third group. The first two groups are those who are not aware of tradition, But the third group is those who are paying respect to the tradition by changing the tradition. The fact is that the tradition survives only if we can expand it through critical re-reading or re-creation. With this analytical point of view, we conclude that Professor Mohammad Jaafar Yahaghi is neither a traditionalist nor an anti-traditionalist, but a traditional thinker.
In the continuation of this ceremony, several other intellectuals from different fields gave speeches, including the speeches of Dr. Khadija Bouzarjamhari, respected wife of professor Mohammad Jaafar Yahaghi, Ali Dehbashi, journalist, literary scholar, writer and editor of Bukhara magazine, Dr. Ali Ashraf Sadeghi, a permanent member of the Academy of Persian Languages and Literature, Mohammad Hossein Popli Yazdi, an Iranian researcher and writer, Qutbuddin Sadeghi and Shamsulhaq Arianfar. Also, Jaleh Amouzegar, Ahmad Karimi Hakak, Mehdi Amin Razavi, Mahmoud Omid Salar, Anna Krasnowolska, Abdul Ghafoor Arzoo, Shah Mansour Shah Mirza, Abdul Qayyum Qavim, Gul Rokhsar Safieva, Xavier Hernandez, Alim Ashraf Khan and, etc. from Iran, America, Italy, Afghanistan, India, Tajikistan, Spain, Sweden, etc. had sent their audio and video messages to this meeting to commemorate Prof. Mohammad Jaafar Yahaghi.