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Publication of Issues 39 and 40 of Iran Nameh Quarterly in Kazakhstan

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Issues 39 and 40 of the Russian Quarterly of Iran Nameh was published by the Cultural Center of Iran in Almaty in Kazakhstan. This scientific-research quarterly was initially inscribed in the Culture and Information Ministry in the light of the efforts of Dr. Safar Abdullah, the distinguished Iranologist, in 2007 and has been published regularly since then. The main purpose of this internationally recognized journal is to publish specialized, scientific, and research articles on Iranian culture, civilization, history, and geography, Persian language, and Iranians’ national customs and traditions.

One of the most important features of this Journal is the publication of papers translated from Persian into Russian. This quarterly is the only journal on Iranian culture and civilization which is published in Russian, and its articles are used as valuable sources for non-native speakers of Russian who work in the field of Iranology.

Through its relationships with the Cultural Office of Iran in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Islamic Culture & Civilization Organization of Iran has played a significant role in funding the continuous publication of this Journal. It has also provided great mental and scientific contributions whenever required.

Granting the 24th Literary-Historical Award of Dr. Mahmoud Afshar’s Endowments Foundation to the Prominent Iranologist, Gilbert Lazard

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In a ceremony in the Cultural House of Iran in Paris, Dr. Mahmoud Afshar’s Endowments Foundationconferred its 24th literary-historical award to the well-known French Iranologist, Professor Gilbert Lazard. This prize, which comprised a commendation plaque, a badge, and a handmade Persian Nain rug with Lazard’s name woven into it, was presented to Lazard by the President of the Foundation’s Trusteeship Council, Dr. Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad. According to Mohaghegh Damad, this is the second time that this award is given to a French scholar.On this occasion, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister, sent a congratulation message to Lazard which was read by Ali Ahani, Iranian Ambassador to France, in this event.

During the ceremony, two speeches were presented by Charles-Henri de Fouchécour, Professor at Sorbonne University, the distinguished translator of poems of Hafiz into French, and the receiver of the 16th literary-historical award of Dr. Mahmoud Afshar’s Endowment Foundation in 2011; and Franz Gernet, a student of Professor Lazard, who is presently teaching his courses as a substitute professor.

Since 1989, based on its constitution, the Foundation has granted the “Mahmoud Afshar Award” to Iranian and foreign scholars who have dedicated themselves to introducing the Persian language and Iranology to the world.

Discovery of a Ritual Site in Dehloran

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The remains of a ritual site along with a number of corpses from the pre-pottery Neolithic period have been found in Alikosh hill in Dehloran. HojjatDarabi, head of the stratigraphy group, stated that, based on the preliminary studies, the corpses, which were in a squatting position, belonged to both male and female individuals, who had died at different ages between childhood and old age. After referring to the useful data obtained from the previous diggings in 1340 AS in Alikosh hill, he maintained that there are still several vague points regarding the history of this region. He expressed hope that, through completing the related studies and performing different experiments and tests, they would gain adequate information about the history of accommodation in this area and the means of livelihood of its residents in order to clarify the existing archeological ambiguities.

Holding the Iranology Conference in Berlin

The second Iranology Conference on the theme of “Culture, Art, Literature and Society of Qajar Iran” was held in the House of Iran in Berlin on 30 June-2 July with presence of Iranologist professors and researchers from Iran, Germany, France, Poland, Canada, and Switzerland. Among the Programs of this scientific Conference were two workshops which were held in the Culture Center of Iran in Berlin. The first workshop was presented by Hamid Reza Shureshi on “Calligraphy”, and the second, which was presented by Dr. Thomas Ogger and Master Sayfollah Shokri,was on Iranian musical instruments on the theme of “Impact of T’azieh (Condolence Theater or Passion Play) on Radifs (Melodic Figures) of Traditional Iranian Music”.

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Discovery of a Part of the Water Supply Network of Arg-e Bam Complex

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In the archeological excavations in Tower 46, known as Shotor Galoo, located in the western rampart of Arg-e Bam Complex, a part of the internal water supply network of this tower was detected. Asadollah Judaki Azizi, head of the archeology research team, maintained that this water supply network provided the water for the public bath of the city through a secondary duct. By emphasizing that Bam is one of the most important historical cities in the southeast of Iran, he stated that the historical significance of this city originates in its housing the greatest adobe structure of the world called Arg-e Bam. He added that this structure represents the high level of technological development of one of the few but most important historical cities of Iran.

Through referring to the location of Arg-e Bam Complex in the northeast of the present city of Bam, he maintained that after the 2003 earthquake on December 26, in spite of the huge damages that this structure endured, it was possible to study some of the architectural structures which had not been sufficiently explored before. He added that the results of the studies of some researchers such as Heinz Gaube, Shahriar Adl, and Masud Azarnush demonstrate that Arg-e Bam Complex enjoys the structural features of a Hippodamian layout, many examples of which have been identified in Mesopotamia and Middle Asia.

The investigation of the water supply network and structure of this Complex was a necessity which justified the archeological study of Shotor Galoo Tower. Through documenting this structure in March 2017 with the cooperation of the Culture Ministry of Italy and after receiving the necessary permit from the Archeology Research Center in April and May 2017, the second stage of field studies began and finished.

Holding the Photo Exhibition of Beautiful Iran in Ufa

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The Photo Exhibition of “Beautiful Iran” was held on 6 July 2017 as one of the sub-programs of the two-day Cultural-Social Russia and Iran Conference in the Congress Hall of Ufa, the capital city of the Republic of Bashkortostan, with presence of a number of Iranian and Russian political and cultural figures.

In this Exhibition, 22 photos of the different regions of Iran on the themes of tourism, historical sites, Iranian and Islamic architecture, and modern Iran were on display in order to familiarize Russians with certain aspects of natural, cultural, and historical attractions of this country as well as some of the works and handicrafts of ancient Iran. Moreover, as another sub-program of this Conference, an exhibition of published works on subjects of the knowledge and ways of fighting extremism, jurisprudence, peaceful coexistence of religions, narrative literature, and poetry in Russian was held.

Some of the distinguished participants of this Conference, which had been held by the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs of the Russian Federation and hosted by Rustem Khamitov, President of Bashkortostan, included Mehdi Sanaei, Iranian Ambassador to Russia; Reza Maleki, Cultural Attaché of the Iranian Embassy in Russia; Hujat al-Islam Navvab, President of the University of Religions and Denominations; some delegates from the Ministry of Sport and Youth and the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran; Igor Barinov, Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs of the Russian Federation; head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of Russia, a number of Russian cultural and religious authorities, and some of the local dignitaries.

The Russian translation of the book Iran and Peaceful Coexistence of Religions was also given as a gift to Rustem Khamitov, President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, by Hujat al-Islam Ali Yunesi, Special Assistant to the President of Iran for Ethnic and Religious Minorities' Affairs in the same event.

One of the problems which was discussed by both Iranian and Russian participants in this Conference was counteracting violence and extremism and providing some strategies for mutual cooperation between Iran and Russia in the fields of culture, sociology, youth affairs, and tourism.

The Second International Conference on the Archeology of Southeastern Iran

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The Second International Conference on the Archeology of Southeastern Iran launched the paper submission process. This Conference will be held with the cooperation of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran, Research Institute of Cultural Heritage & Tourism, Zabol University, University of Tehran, the Center for International Scientific Studies and Collaboration of the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, the Iranology Foundation, Islamic World ScienceCitationCenter, CIVILICA (, National Museum of Iran, The Society of Iranian Archeologists, and Culture and Islamic Guidance Administration of the South of Kerman Province on 11-13 December at the University of Jiroft in Iran. The deadline for paper submission is 25.10.2017.

Interested people can obtain more information by visiting the official website of the University of Jiroft at

Publication of Edward Granville Browne and Iran by Hassan Javadi

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The book Edward Granville Browne and Iran by Hassan Javadi was published in 740 pages in 15 chapters at a price of 800,000 rials by Nashr-e No. Regarding the writing of this book, Javadi writes: “I always wished to publish Browne’s correspondences and documents in a book; however, I did not have access to most of them. All his letters and documents had been donated to the library of Cambridge University, and I had not visited the university since 1970. Fortunately, some of my friends helped me with the publication of this book.”

In addition to his invaluable works, through his professional activities and academic studies, Browne founded an important movement in Iranology and encouraged a number of his students and colleagues to study Iranian works and publish their findings in this regard. Reynold A. Nicholson was one of Browne’s students, and Edward Denison Ross, the founder of the School of Oriental and African Studies, became interested in the field of Oriental studies under the influence of this prominent Orientalist.

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