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Persian Art

Carey, Moya. 2018. Persian art: Collecting the arts of Iran in the nineteenth century. London: V&A Publishing.

Today the Victoria and Albert Museum holds extensive and renowned collections of Iranian art, spanning at least twelve centuries of Iran’s sophisticated cultural history. These objects range from archaeological finds to architectural salvage, from domestic furnishings and drinking vessels to design archives. Most of this diverse material was purchased in the late nineteenth century, over a few decades – roughly between 1873 and 1893 – during a specific period of contact between Victorian Britain and Qajar Iran.

This book investigates that period through four case studies, showing how architects, diplomats, dealers, collectors and craftsmen engaged with Iran’s complex visual traditions, ancient and modern.

Moya Carey is the Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Large Farāmarznāme

van Zutphen, Marjolijn. 2017. A Story of Conquest and Adventure: The Large Farāmarznāme. Leiden: Brill.

 

The Large Farāmarznāme (Farāmarznāme-ye bozorg), a poem from the Persian epic cycle dated to the late eleventh century, is hereby published for the first time in an English translation, in prose. The story tells how Farāmarz, a son of the famous Shāhnāme hero Rostam, conquers several provinces of India, before setting off on an extensive voyage over sea and land, leading his troops through a number of hazardous situations in various fictional countries. As a true epic hero, he displays his prowess in battle and in single combat against men, demons and various ferocious animals, in addition to experiencing a number of marvelous and romantic adventures.

Marjolijn van Zutphen obtained her PhD in 2011 at Leiden University with a dissertation on the Persian epic cycle, a series of poems that were composed in emulation of Ferdowsi’s Shāhnāme. In a joint cooperation with Abolfazl Khatibi she has produced the first critical edition of Farāmarznāme-ye bozorg.

Iranian languages and literatures of Central Asia

Matteo de Chiara & Evelin Grassi (eds.). 2015. Iranian languages and literatures of Central Asia: From the eighteenth century to the present (Studia Iranica. Cahier 57). Paris.

The Table of Contents is here.

Compared with numerous critical studies in Central Asian history, politics and society published during recent years, modern languages and literary traditions of Central Asia have received less scholarly attention in the West. If we consider specifically the Iranian world, especially in the modern period, it must be admitted that the linguistics and literature of Central Asia, compared to the linguistics and literature of Iran, remain in need of more investigation.
This collection sheds light on various issues of the Iranian linguistic and literary arena “outside of Iran”, offering a variety of twelve original contributions by both leading scholars and new names in the international academic setting. The regions of Afghanistan, Badakhshan, and Transoxania, important centers of Iranian languages and literatures, are here brought back into their broader Iranian context, for the benefit of modern Iranian studies.

Iran Nameh: A new series

 Iran Nameh: New Series, Vol 1, No 1, Spring 2016.

Here is the preface of editor (Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi) for this new series:

With the publication of this issue, Iran Nameh is re-launched as an independent Iranian Studies quarterly. Iran Nameh began publication in fall 1982 under the auspices of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. The Foundation generously supported Iran Nameh until Winter 2016, when funding for the journal was discontinued. Via the urging of our readership and contributors, and despite serious financial difficulties, the editorial office has decided to continue the publication of Iran Nameh as an
independent, reader-supported quarterly of Iranian Studies. As of this issue, Iran Nameh is no longer affiliated with the Foundation for Iranian Studies. To continue publishing Iran Nameh as a leading scholarly journal, I urge our contributors and readers to assist us in expanding the subscription base of the journal, and to become a sustainer of Iran Nameh by their generous support.
Since 1982, Iran Nameh has served as a vital venue for the dissemination of original scholarly research on Iran. This has been particularly important due to the hyperpoliticization and ideologization of publically-available knowledge on Iran. With
the inauguration of the second series, Iran Nameh is redoubling its commitment to the publication of original and well-documented scholarship on all aspects of Iranian Studies both in Persian and English. To facilitate the timely distribution of
such new scholarship, with the inaugural issue of the second series, Iran Nameh has adopted a new “article-based” publishing model. Based on this model, submissions that have been successfully peer-reviewed and copyedited will be made available online before the scheduled time of publication. In addition to this inaugural issue, the peer-reviewed and accepted articles for the forthcoming issues will be made available online immediately after the completion of the copy-editing and layout process. With article-based publishing, Iran Nameh intends to remain up to speed with the changing world of digital publishing. A great benefit of this challenge is the timely dissemination of new research and scholarship to the readers of Iran Nameh. To prosper under this changing print-scape, I urge our contributors to continue to send their very best scholarly research to Iran Nameh. I also call on our large digital readership to renew their subscription to Iran Nameh now. This is of vital importance. We need your support. Iran Nameh cannot continue without it. Your active support is vital during this crucial transition period for Iran Nameh into an
independent reader-supported scholarly journal.

See the table of contents Here.

Pope and Historiography of Persian Art

Kadoi, Yuka (ed.). 2016. Arthur Upham Pope and a New Survey of Persian Art (Studies in Persian Cultural History 10). Boston: Brill.

History of the Iranian Architecture

Kleiss, Wolfram. 2015. Geschichte der Architektur Irans. (Archäologie in Iran und Turan 15). Berlin: Reimer.
“6000 years Iranian architecture”! The  history  of  the  architecture  of  Iran  is  such  a comprehensive topic, that when taking it into regard a certain restriction must be made to examples  found  within  the  present-day national  borders  as  well  as  within  the  timespan  from  the 6th century B.C. until 1979. The architectural examples  presented  here  were  always  contingent on different topographic and climatic conditions in addition to diverse cultural influences. Rock architecture and mosques bazaars, baths and palaces, as well as modern public buildings and housing: Wolfram Kleiss characterizes in this volume the architectural history of Iran from the 4th millennium BC to the present day.
For more information:

Table of Contents, German Summary and Reading Sample

English Summary

Persian Summary

About the author:
Wolfram Kleiss is the retired first Director of the German Archaeological Institute (Tehran Branch). Numerous publications, among others on Caravanserais and dovecotes in Iran.

The comprehensive history of Iran

Mousavi-Bojnourdi, Kazem (General Editor). 2015. The comprehensive history of Iran. 20. Vols. Tehran: The Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia.

The Comprehensive History of Iran, a multi-volume survey of Iranian history in Persian language is published by The Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia (CGIE). The twenty volumes cover the history and historical geography, politic, culture and arts of the greater Iran, including all territories inhabited by or staying under the cultural influence of peoples of Iranian descent , from prehistoric times up to the Qajar dynasty. Many aspects of the religious, philosophical, economic, scientific, and artistic elements in Iranian civilization are studied in this series.

For more information, see the official website and the list of the contributors and the detailed Table of Contents (all in Persian).

The series consists of 20 volumes: Continue reading The comprehensive history of Iran