TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) -- President Mohammad Khatami opened the First International Conference on Avicenna on August 22 at the mausoleum of Avicenna in Hamedan.

Several Iranian and foreign scholars are attending the three-day conference. Of the 265 articles submitted to the conference, 150 articles have been selected to be published in a book and 75 are to be presented at the conference.

 

Medicinal properties of herbs and other issues in the field of medicine are to be discussed at the conference.

 

The Avicenna Foundation will be officially established during the event and some 3,000 volumes of books about Avicenna published in the English and Persian languages will be donated to the Hamedan Library.

 

The International Conference on Avicenna is being held to commemorate the great Persian mathematician, philosopher, and physician Avicenna, who wove classical dicta into the rational and consistent system that dominated European medical thought from the late 12th to 17th centuries.

 

He was also one of the interpreters of Aristotelian principles in his time and penned about 200 books in different fields such as science, religion, and philosophy. Avicenna died in 1037 and was buried in Hamedan.

 

The anniversary of his birthday on August 22 is Physicians' Day in Iran.

 

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