The University of Tehran has announced that it will be holding Iran’s first conference on world famous British play-writer, poet and novelist, William Shakespeare. The one-day conference will be held on October 22, 2014. It will be chaired by two Iranian scholars of Shakespearean work, professors Maryam Beyad and Ismail Salami (University of Tehran).
Shakespeare was author of 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems.
Famous British Shakespearean scholar Dr. Martin Lings (died 2005), who later converted to Islam and penned a biography on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), revealed in his book Shakespeare in the Light of Sacred Art (1998) that mysticism is clearly discernible in the works of Shakespeare.
“No objective intelligence can be blind to the dazzling signs of God-given truth that Islam carries with it throughout its history,” said Martin Lings, PhD.
I bet the organized Jewry is not going take the conference as a literary event – based on their record of vicious attacks over Tehran’s Int. Holocaust (2006) and Int. Hollywoodism (2011) conferences in the past.
The organized Jewry has declared Shakespeare a “Jew hater aka antisemite” based on his famous play, The Merchant of Venice. The villain in the play, by the name Shylock, the Jewish money-lender who seeks” a pound of human flesh” from a Christian merchant who is unable to repay him.
Last year, Jewish novelist Howard Jacobson announced to re-write The Merchant of Venice in order to delete Jewish hatred from the play. “For an English novelist, Shakespeare is where it all begins. For an English novelist who also happens to be Jewish, The Merchant of Venice is where it all snarls up,” said Jacobson.
In March 1974, then president of powerful Israel lobby group, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Benjamin R. Epstein blasted ABC-TV for showing The Merchant of Venice movie, starring Sir Lawrence Olivier as Shylock.
“It is a classic antisemitic drama which has caused incalculable harms to the Jewish people over centuries,” said Epstein as reported by JTA on March 19, 1974.
Interestingly, John Hudson, a Jewish authority on Shakespearean literature claims that Shakespeare was in fact an Italian woman livening in England whose ancestors were Jewish from Morocco. I bet this will make 25,000 Jews living mostly in Tehran, very excited.
In 2012, the British Jewish Lobby (Board of Deputies of British Jews) blasted Royal Lyceum theatre in Edinburgh over flyers advertising its play, The Merchant of Venice. The flyers show Shylock dressed in the costume of an Orthodox Jew (see below) with the message: “And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?“