Capital of Nahj-ul-Balaghah of Imam Ali (AS)
The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance selected Kashan as the capital of the Nahj-ulBalaghah of Imam Ali (AS). The choice officially announced by Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in August 2020 . The Nahj-ul-Balaghah (The Peak of Eloquence) was compiled by Seyyed Razi (d. 1015). It has been translated into many languages, including English, French, Russian and Spanish. Kashan enjoys a rich cultural and scientific background and Allameh Qutbeddin Rawandi, as an eminent commentator of the Nahj-ul-Balaghah, was from this city. In addition, the city has been home to one of the most influential cultural institutes of the Quran, as well as the Institute of Imam Ali (AS), which trains many memorizers of the Nahj-ul-Balaghah. These are good reasons to select Kashan as the capital of the Nahj-ul-Balaghah
Kashan, in the List of Creative Cities Network of Iran
The winners of the first edition of the Creative Cities Network of Arts and Culture in Iran were announced. The awarding ceremony, attended by the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, was held online on 2021/04/27 due to coronavirus restrictions. The event was organized by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry in an attempt to identifythe cultural potentials of the cities all around the country in various categories, including literature, music, handicrafts, fashion, cinema, as well as visual and preforming arts, media, and the printing and packaging industry. Kashan claimed the cinema category award. The event was first introduced in 2018, as an opportunity to activate the historical potentials of the cities, and create a sense of affection and belonging for the locals toward their hometowns.
National City of Traditional Textile
The artifacts, such as spindle-shaped rings made of clay and stone, as well as human carvings with a lame on knife handles, indicate the existence of cloth at that time. In the book of the ancient history of Iran, it is quoted that in the 11th century, 8,000 weaving workshops and 250 silk weaving workshops were active in Kashan in 1212. Historical discoveries revealed that Kashan has been producing precious fabrics in ancient times, which has gained momentous fame for Iran worldwide. It is noteworthy to mention that many renowned people in history, including Marco Polo, Antoine Shirley, and Knight Chardin, all praised Kashan’s rugs and carpets. Moreover, some exquisite carpets of the Safavid period are now kept in museums and extensive collections worldwide. Due to such evidence, Kashan has been introduced as the national traditional textile city in Iran. Besides, it can be a candidate for the world traditional textile city.
4th Iran’s Book Capital
Kashan was selected as Iran’s Book Capital for the Iranian calendar year of 1397 (March 20, 2018-2019). Iran’s Book Capital is annually selected by a team of literati and scholars assigned by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. “Kashan, with its rich cultural background, enjoys a special status in the Islamic civilization. The city was also competing with other cities in previous editions and was finally selected, ” Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance said at the ceremony. “The book is the heart of culture. Culture has no meaning in a place where no books are found. Book reading is the life of the culture. If no book is read, culture would not be formed and culture would not stay alive,” he added.