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Completion of the Chapter of “Bazar and Arcades” of the Encyclopedia of Yazd at the Iranology Foundation

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One of the chapters of the Encyclopedia of Yazd entitled “Bazar the Arcades” was completed at the Iranology Foundation, Yazd Branch. The required research for this 200-page chapter was conducted over three months. The titles of the nine sections of this chapter are as follows:

1. Commercial History of Bazar and its Formation Process

2. Connecting Elements of Bazar

3. Fabric and Architectural Elements of Bazar

4. Active Groups in Bazar

5. Trades in Bazar

6. Cultural, social, and Political Functions of Bazar

7. Service, Welfare, and Tourism Functions of Bazar

8. Arcades around the Bazar

9. A part of the Timeline of the Bazar-Related Main Events and Documents from the Qajar Period Onwards

The Encyclopedia of Yazd is due to be complied in 17 chapters, each consisting of different sections. This project is being conducted following the library method by the researchers of the Iranology Foundation, Yazd Branch, and is exclusively about the City of Yazd.

Holding the 7th Knowledge-Enhancement Course for Foreign Students at the Iranology Foundation

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The 7th Iranology knowledge-enhancement course was held at the Iranology Foundation with the cooperation of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization on 3-14 February 2018. The participants were a number of university students from India, Pakistan, Armenia, Denmark, Bulgaria, and Kazakhstan.

Ghodratollah Alizadeh, Information and International Affairs Deputy of the Iranology Foundation, stated in the opening ceremony of this course that a two-week course is not enough to provide a complete introduction to Iran; rather, it can only offer a limited perspective of this country.

Mehrdad Rakhshandeh, General Secretary of Scientific and Academic Cooperation Office of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organizations said, “We hope that the knowledge you acquire through these courses are transferred to your countrymen or countrywomen because we consider you as some of our compatriots who try to expand Iranology beyond the borderlines of the land of Iran.”

The Research Deputy of the Iranology Foundation, Mohammad Bahramzadeh, added that Iran functions like the junction box of all human races all over the globe. This new achievement of the Iranology Foundation can be introduced as a new field of Iranology to the world. At the end of this event, Pouran Tahuni, Head of the Higher Education Department of the Foundation, announced that the only codicology department of the country has been established at the Iranology Foundation and then introduced the related syllabi and teaching methodologies.

Inscription of Kamancheh and Polo on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

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Polo, a team sport played on horseback accompanied with storytelling and music, and the skills of making and playing Kamancheh were inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List with the majority vote of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. Polo was registered in the name of Iran, and Kamancheh was jointly registered in the name of Iran and Azerbaijan. Iran has inscribed 13 cases on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List, three of which, Nowruz, baking flat bread, and playing Kamancheh, are joint multicultural legacies.

The ritual game of polo has been common since the Sassanid period. One of the characteristics of this game is its effects on art, artistic economy, music, literature, painting, miniature painting, and narration or storytelling.

Kamancheh is also one of the oldest musical instruments in Iran and Azerbaijan which is used in both classical and folkloric music. Because of its vast and various vocal capabilities, Kamancheh is commonly played in most rural and urban regions of Iran in most ceremonies which require the simultaneous playing of two or more musical instruments.

Publication of the Book of Iranian Clothing (Persische Kleigung)

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The book of Iranian Clothing was published in both English and German in 1500 copies by the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Vienna. This book, which mainly addresses young adolescents, was unveiled at Vienna International Book Fair 2017. It introduces the clothing styles of different ethnic groups of Iran through using some very beautiful pictures.

Unveiling the First Issue of Iwan Quarterly in Paris

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The first issue of Iwan Quarterly was published in Paris by the Iranian Cultural Office in France. This issue contains 28 papers in the fields of culture and art in both Persian and French. This Quarterly deals with topics in the fields of Iranology, literature, history, culture, religion, philosophy, and art. Interested readers can now access the electronic version of the Quarterly on its website. They can read the papers online or download them.

In the meeting allocated to the unveiling of Iwan Quarterly, which was held in the Iranian Culture House (Centre Cultural d’Iran) in Paris, Professor Francis Richard, Jamal Kamyab, Shahrouz Mohajer, Reza Afshar Naderi, Majid Soleimani, and Zahra Jahanbakhsh presented some speeches.

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