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Publication of the First Section of the Chronology Table of Iran by the Iranology Foundation

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The first section of the Chronology Table of Iran was published by the Iranology Foundation. Given the significance of chronology and the lack of a chronology table developed by Iranian researchers, the Iranology Foundation took the initiative in this regard, and the product of the conducted studies at this academic center was the development of the Chronology Table of Iran and the World.

Chronology is the science of arranging events in their order of occurrence in time. It relies upon chronometry, which is also known as timekeeping, and historiography, which examines the writing of history and the use of historical methods. Archeology is the most important tool of calculation of time in chronology. In fact, the vast realm of Prehistory is the indisputable domain of archeology, which attempts to understand this era more profoundly through studying, investigating, and analyzing its cultural data and, as a result, to learn about the quality of the growth and perfection of human culture in general.

Chronology is of two relative and absolute types. Relative chronology is placing events in the order they happened relative to one another, and absolute chronology in history is a list or timeline of specific dates and events.

The achievements of modern Man in various scientific fields is indebted to their founders and history makers A glance at valuable historical theorems among the recorded documents and sources of the civilized nations of the world demonstrates a great interest in honoring the philosophical and cultural heritage of human beings. Accordingly, given the different indications of the development of human culture at the dawn of history in Iran, including tool-making, beginning of rural life, pottery, beginning of urbanism, extracting and melting metals, architecture, agriculture, domesticating animals, and developing writing systems, and also based on archeological findings in Iran and the available absolute and relative types of chronological data, establishing a deserving place in the chronology of the world is an identity-making necessity for the cultural dynamism of Iranian society. In spite of our own knowledge of our invaluable human heritage and the immense influence of Iranian culture and civilization over those of other nations, Iran’s great share in the creation and development of human culture and civilization in comparison to other countries had not been introduced properly. Hence, the Iranology Foundation, which considers the development and dissemination of the knowledge of the history and culture of Iran in the world as its major mission, took the first step in this regard and put the project of developing the Chronology Table of Iran and the World into practice.

The first part of this Table, which focuses on cultural Iran, has been published independently and contains the presented classifications over six historical periods: Paleolithic period, Epipaleolithic period, Neolithic period, Copper and Stone period, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. The Table covers a time period of 1,200,000 years before the beginning of the Achaemenid Era. This work is the first edition of the product of the continuous research activities performed in the field of chronology at the Iranology Foundation. Complementary explanation of different periods will be presented as supplements to this Table in the near future.

Call for Papers for the Quarterly of Persian Gulf Studies

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The Quarterly of Persian Gulf Studies was commended as the selected journal in the field of Persian Gulf studies in the 2nd Persian Gulf Festival of the Book of the Year on 30 April 2018, on the National Day of Persian Gulf. Accordingly and in line with consolidating national interests and introducing the Iranian history, culture, and civilization in the Persian Gulf region, the Iranology Foundation accepts the papers of experts in related fields for publication in this Journal. This Quarterly has had a noteworthy background in the publication of scientific papers on the specified themes and, presently, on the threshold of its 4th anniversary of publication and after nine consecutive issues, invites university professors and students, researchers, and artists working in the field of Persian Gulf for cooperation.

The Quarterly of Persian Gulf Studies follows a specialized approach and is published under the supervision of the Research Deputy Office of the Iranology Foundation. In order to benefit from the cooperation of researchers more than ever before and enrich its content, the Journal accepts the scientific products and research achievements of interested parties in the following forms:

- Scientific papers written based on the format suggested by the Quarterly in relation to archeology, mythology, history, geography and geopolitics, historical geography, anthropology, sociology, folklore, law and international relationships, seamanship, indigenous literature, economics, environment, islands and ports, emigration, and the like.

- Research reports with an emphasis on tourist attractions and social conditions and manifestations in relation to, for example, common life, particularly, with regard to women’s status in society; customs, traditions, and rituals; statistical data about social issues and factors, etc.

- Documents and proofs along with the introduction and analysis of historical maps, official and unofficial documents, old and modern local press; critique and examination of ancient texts and recent research books, indigenous data, etc.

- Photos and artistic works along with their specific data and introduction of some works on the themes of southern nature of Iran, ecology of the sea and the coast, customs and rituals, etc.

Moreover, in order to present specialized views and studies, the Quarterly of Persian Gulf Studies gives the priority to the publication of submissions on the related themes in the following frameworks:

- Processing of works on the shores and hinterlands of Makran Sea (Gulf of Oman) as a strategic region, which is of equal importance with the Persian Gulf and shares the same or similar geographical-cultural features with this region

- Discussions on international relationships and law with an emphasis on Iran’s historical-legal rights in the region

- Specialized studies focusing on the islands of the Persian Gulf

- Social discussions of the lifestyle of women in the south of Iran

- Futuristic and interdisciplinary studies of the shores and hinterlands of the Persian Gulf and Makran Sea

- Analytic-comparative views regarding the science of Persian Gulf Studies in the sense of regional studies

After a thorough process of peer review, the accepted submissions will be published in the forthcoming issues of the Quarterly along with the names and affiliations of their authors. The published papers can enjoy the benefits determined by the Iranology Foundation. Interested authors can contact the Journal by phone (0098-21-88212004) or email ( for submitting their papers. They can also send their works to the following address:

Office of the Quarterly of the Persian Gulf Studies,

Research Deputy Department, Iranology Foundation,

Iranology Street, Val Fajr Shahrak,

South Sheikh Bahaei, Hemmat Highway,

Tehran, Iran

Official Opening of Iranology Center at the University of Lisbon

The Iranology Center was officially opened at the University of Lisbon in Portugal on 14 May 2018. The opening ceremony of this Center hosted Seyyed Hossein Mirfakhar, Iranian Ambassador to Portugal; Dr. Miguel Tamen, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Professor António Dias Farinah, the distinguished Portuguese Islamologist and Orientalist; Dr. Sepideh Radfar, President of the Iranology Center at the University of Lisbon, and a number of professors and students from various faculties of the University of Lisbon.

It is worth mentioning that, in July 2017, an agreement had been signed by the Iranology Foundation and the University of Lisbon, the first article of which required the University of Lisbon to determine an appropriate location for the establishment of the Iranology Center at its Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

After the initial steps for the launching of this Center, Dr. Sepideh Radfar was appointed as its president in January 2018. She studied Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. She has taught at different universities in Tehran and Lisbon.

Tribute Ceremony for Zohreh Zarshenas (PhD) in Book House

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On 29 April 2018, a tribute ceremony was held for Dr. Zohreh Zarshenas, the well-known Iranian linguist, Iranologist, archeologist, and Professor at the Iranology Foundation, with presence of a number of professors, masters, researchers, and interested people in Saray-e Ketab Hall of the Book House Institute. In this event, while appreciating the scientific endeavors of Dr. Zarshenas, an appreciation letter and some gifts were given to her by the Book House Institute, Asian Cultural Documentation Center for UNESCO-Tehran, and Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies.

Dr. Zarshenas has been teaching MA and PhD courses at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, University of Tehran, Islamic Azad University, and Iranology Foundation since 1989. In 2001, she received her full professorship degree and is presently the member of a number of Iranian and non-Iranian scientific societies such as the Society of European Iranologists (Societas Iranologica Europaea) and the Iranology Society of Iran.

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Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz

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