35 Persian Journals for Iranian Studies

Ruben S. Nikoghosyan

In the following list, I have collected 35 Persian-language literary and philological periodicals that could be beneficial for both specialists and students in Iranian studies. While most of the periodicals listed below (though not all) are no longer in publication and belong to the past century, many of them feature articles by distinguished Iranian scholars that retain significant value for researchers of Classical Persian philology.

I have prepared a larger list of Iranian Studies journals on the website of ASPIRANTUM. It also includes English-languages journals published outside of Iran (this list is part of that post). You can check it here.

 

  1. Kaveh
  2. Mehr
  3. Yaghmā
  4. Armaghān
  5. Āyande
  6. Yādegār
  7. Majalle-ye Dāneškade-ye Adabiyyat va Olum-e Ensāni-ye Dānešgāh-e Tehran
  8. Majalle-ye Dāneškade-ye Adabiyyat va Olum-e Ensāni-ye Dānešgāh-e Tabriz
  9. Dāneškade-ye Adabiyyat va Olum-e Ensāni-ye Dānešgāh-e Esfahān
  10. Maqālāt o Barrasihā
  11. Irānšenāsi
  12. Irān-nāme
  13. Soxan (Sokhan)
  14. Nāme-ye Farhangestān-e Qadim
  15. Boxārā (Bukhara)
  16. Anjoman Farhang-e Irān-e Bāstān
  17. Ārmān
  18. Farhang-e Irān-zamin
  19. Ma’āref-e Eslāmi
  20. Barrasihā-ye Tārixi
  21. Vahid
  22. Dāneš
  23. Mardomšenāsi va Farhang-e ‘Āmme-ye Irān
  24. Šarq
  25. Sa’di-šenāsi
  26. Hāfez
  27. Irān-e Emruz
  28. Payyām-e Novin/Payyām-e Now
  29. Pešotan
  30. Honar va Mardom
  31. Gowhar
  32. Kelk
  33. Arteš
  34. Rāhnemā-ye Ketāb
  35. Jondišāpur

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1. Kāveh

Archive || About

 

An influential newspaper that started being published in WWI Germany as a propaganda tool, but after WWI turned into a literary and scholarly newspaper. S. Hasan Taqizadeh, a renowned Iranian scholar was its editor, and during its active years distinguished scholars, such as Mohammad Qazvini, published in it.

 

Name in Persian: کاوه

Publication years: 1916-1922

Published in: Berlin

Frequency: biweekly (irregular)

Founder: Seyyed Hasan Tāqizādeh

Scope: Iranian studies; Persian Literature and philology; history of Iran; politics; political history; literature

2. Mehr

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || About

 

Name in Persian: مهر

Publication years: 1933-1967

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: 148

Founder and editor-in-chief: Majid Movaqqar (مجید موقر)

Scope: Persian literature & philology; Modern Persian Literature; History; Economics; Psychology; Socio-politics; Religious studies; International Literature; etc.

Contributing scholars: Sa’id Nafisi, Rashid Yasemi, Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda, Abbas Eqbal, Sadeq Rezazade Shafaq, Malek-osh-shoara Bahar; Ebrahim Pourdavoud; Mohammad Moin, Badi’-oz-zaman Forouzanfar, Zabih-ollah Safa 

Interesting articles: Zabihollāh Safā, Tārix-e ta’lim va tarbiyyat dar Irān (n. 1-9, 1315AH); Sa’id Nafisi, Āsār-e gomšode-ye Abolfazl-e Beyhaqi (n. 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 1315AH); Ali Asγar Rahimzāde-ye Safavi, Raveš-e este’māri-ye Sāsāniyān (n. 1, 1315AH).

3. Yaghmā

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || About

 

Name in Persian: یغما

Publication years: 1948-1979

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: 366

Founder: Habib Yaghmayi

Scope: Persian literature & philology; History; Socio-Political; Architecture

Contributing scholars: Mohammad Mo’in, Habib Yaghmayi, Abdolhossein Zarrinkoob, Mojtaba Minovi, Mohammad Ebrahim Bastani-Parizi, Iraj Afshar, Mehdi Mohaqqeq.

Editor-in-chief: Habib Yaghmayi 

Interesting articles: Habib Yaγmāyi, Nosxe-yi az tarjome-ye tafsir-e Tabari dar Māhān (n. 1, 1327AH); Zabihollāh Safā, Taqvim-e Irān-e qadim (n. 3, 1327AH).

4. Armaghān

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) 

 

Name in Persian: ارمغان

Publication years: 1920-1978 (with interruptions)

Frequency: month 

Total number of Issues: 382

Founder: Mohammad Vahid Dastgerdi 

Scope: Persian literature & philology; poetry; socio-political; etc.

Contributing scholars: Sa’id Nafisi, Rashid Yasemi, Habib Yaghmayi, Mohammad Vahid Dastgerdi, etc.

Editor-in-chief: Mohammad Vahid Dastgerdi

Interesting articles: Mohammad Pourdavud, Mohājerat Pārsiyān be Hendustān (n. 3/4, 1329AH – n. 10, 1333AH); Ali Akbar Tašayyod, Tārix-e tašayyo’ dar Irān (n. 10, 1328AH – n. 3/4, 1329AH).

5. Āyande

Archive (Univ. Bonn) || Archive (Ensani) || About

 

Name in Persian: آینده

Publication years: 1925-1993 (with long interruptions)

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: 46

Founder: Mahmoud Afshar

Scope: Persian literature; modern literature, socio-politics, philosophy, education, 

Contributing scholars: Seyyed Hasan Taqizade, Mohammad Qazvini, Mohammad Mosaddeq, Ahmad Kasravi, Ali Dashti, Ali-Akbar Davar, etc.

Editor-in-chiefs: Mahmoud Afshar, Iraj Afshar

6. Yādegār

Archive (Univ. Bonn) || Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || About

 

Name in Persian: یادگار

Publication years: 1944-1949

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: 50 (5 volumes)

Founder: Abbas Eqbal

Scope: Persian literature, history, politics, geography

Contributing scholars: Mohammad Qazvini, Qasem Ghani, Abdolhossein Navayi, Abbas Eqbal, Said Nafisi.

7. Majalle-ye Dāneškade-ye Adabiyyat va Olum-e Ensāni-ye Dānešgāh-e Tehran

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || Archive (Tehran Univ.) 

 

Name in Persian: مجله دانشکده ادبیات و علوم انسانی دانشگاه تهران

Publication years: 1953-2010

Frequency: quarterly

Total number of Issues: 159

Founder: –

Scope: Persian literature and philology, history, psychology, philosophy, 

Contributing scholars: Ali Akbar Siyasi, Ali Asghar Hekmat, Mohammad Mo’in, Ehsan Yarshater, Abbas Eqbal, Said Nafisi, Isa Sadiq, Sadeq Kia, Mojtaba Minovi

8. Majalle-ye Dāneškade-ye Adabiyyat va Olum-e Ensāni-ye Dānešgāh-e Tabriz

Archive (Ensani)

 

Name in Persian: مجله دانشکده ادبیات و علوم انسانی دانشگاه تبریز

Publication years: 1948-2009

Frequency: –

Total number of Issues: 217

Founder: –

Scope: Persian language and literature, philology, linguistics, history, regional studies 

Contributing scholars: Hossein Nakhjavani, Manuchehr Mortazavi, Naser Baqayi, Jan Rypka, Abdolrasul Khayyampour, Mahyar Navvabi

9. Dāneškade-ye Adabiyyat va Olum-e Ensāni-ye Dānešgāh-e Esfahān

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) 

 

Name in Persian: مجله دانشکده ادبیات و علوم انسانی دانشگاه اصفهان  

Publication years: 1964-2008

Frequency: quarterly

Total number of Issues: 66

Founder:-

Scope: Persian language and literature, philology, linguistics, history

Contributing scholars: Mohammad Ebrahim Bastani-Parizi, Farhad Abadani, Sadeq Rezazade Shafaq, Seyyed Mohammad Mohit Tabatabayi, Jalaleddin Homayi

10. Maqālāt va Barrasihā

Archive (Tehran Univ.) || Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags)

 

Name in Persian: مقالات و بررسی ها

Publication years: 1970-2010

Frequency: quarterly

Total number of Issues: 89

Founder: –

Scope: Islamic studies, religion, Islam in Iran, Persian philology,

Contributing scholars: Seyyed Hasan Taqizade, Hasan Malekshahi, Mohammad Taqi Daneshpazhuh.

11. Irānšenāsi

Archive (Foundation for Iranian Studies) || Archive (Ensani) || About

 

Name in Persian: ایرانشناسی

Publication years: 1989-2016

Frequency: quarterly

Affiliation: Foundation for Iranian Studies

Country: USA

Total number of volumes: 28

Founder and editor-in-chief: Jalal Matini

Scope: Iranian studies, Classical Persian literature, Iranian history, politics, culture

Contributing scholars: Ehsan Yarshater, Djalal Khaleghi Motlagh, Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, Hamid Dabashi, Jalal Matini, Abbas Milani, Mahmoud Omidsalar, Mohammad Ali Homayun Katouzian.

12. Irān-nāme

Archive (website) || Archive (Foundation for Iranian Studies) || About

 

Name in Persian: ایران نامه

Publication years: 1982-2016

Frequency: quarterly

Total number of volumes: 30 

Founder: Jalal Matini

Scope: Iranian studies, Persian literature, philology, history, society, politics, economy.

Contributing scholars: Zabihollah Safa, Djalal Khaleghi Motlagh, Mojtaba Minovi, Shahrokh Meskub, Mehdi Mar’ashi, Daryush Shayegan, Leonard Lewisohn, Abbas Amanat.

Editor-in-chiefs: Jalal Matini, Daryush Shayegan, Daryush Ashuri, Hormoz Hekmat.

13. Soxan (Sokhan)

Archive (Ensani) || About

 

Name in Persian: سخن

Publication years: 1943-1979

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: –

Founder: Parviz Natel Khanlari

Scope: Persian and modern literature, art, history. 

Contributing scholars: Parviz Natel Khanlari, Mojtaba Minovi, Parviz Behnam, Ehsan Yarshater, Iraj Afshar

Editor-in-chief: Zabihollah Safa

14. Nāme-ye Farhangestān-e Qadim

Archive (Univ. Bonn) || Archive (Ensani) 

 

This magazine was published by the first Farhangestan, for a brief period between the years 1943-1947. Later, during the 3rd Farhangestan, the publication of the magazine was resumed starting from 1995.

Name in Persian: نامۀ فرهنگستان 

Publication years: 1943-1947

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: 10 (5 volumes)

Founder: –

Scope: Persian language, Farhangestan

15. Boxārā (Bukhara)

Website || Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Magiran) || About

 

Name in Persian: بخارا

Publication years: 1998-now

Frequency: bimonthly

Total number of Issues: 151

Founder: Ali Dehbashi

Scope: Iranian Studies, Persian literature and art, Iranian culture and history 

Contributing scholars: Zhaleh Amouzgar, Hasan Anvari, Hamid Dabashi, Mohammad-Reza Shafii Kadkani 

Editor-in-chief: Ali Dehbashi

16. Anjoman Farhang-e Irān-e Bāstān

Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in Persian: انجمن فرهنگ ایران باستان

Publication years: 1963-1977

Frequency: biquarterly

Total number of Issues: 19

Founder and Editor: Farhang Mehr

Scope: Iranian history

Contributing scholars: Zabihollah Safa, Ebrahim Pourdavoud, Mahmoud Hesabi, Ali Akbar Jaafari, Bahram Farrevashi

17. Ārmān

Archive (Ensani) || About

 

Name in Persian: آرمان

Publication years: 1930-1931

Frequency: monthly 

Total number of Issues: 10

Founder: Ali Shirazpour

Scope: Persian literature, philology, Iranian history

Contributing scholars: Ahmad Kasravi, Said Nafisi, Badi’-uz-zaman Khorasani, Mohammad Mohit Tabatabayi

Editor-in-chief: Ali Shirazpour

Interesting articles: Mohammad Mohit-e Tabātabāyi, Tārix madāres-e Irān ba’d az eslām (n. 4-5, 1309AH); Sa’id-e Nafisi, Nasr-e fārsi dar qarn-e čahārom (n. 1, 1309AH).

18. Farhang-e Irān-zamin

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || About

 

Name in Persian: فرهنگ ایران زمین

Publication years: 1953-2008

Frequency: quarterly, then anually

Total number of volumes: 30 (?)

Founders: Iraj Afshar, Mohammad-Taqi Daneshpazhuh, Mahuchehr Sotude, Mostafa Moqarrabi, Abbas Zaryab Khoyi

Scope: Iranian studies; Persian literature; philology; linguistics; history

Contributing scholars: Iraj Afshar, Sa’id Nafisi, Mahmoud Omidsalar, Mahuchehr Sotude, Mohammad-Taqi Daneshpazhuh.

Editor-in-chief: Iraj Afshar

19. Ma’āref-e Eslāmi

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags)

 

Name in Persian: مجله معارف اسلامی

Publication years: 1966-1979

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 29

Founder: –

Scope: Islamic studies; Iranian studies; philosophy; literature

20. Barrasihā-ye Tārixi

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || About

 

Name in Persian: بررسی های تاریخی

Publication years: 1966-1978

Frequency: bimonthly

Total number of Issues: 79

Scope: Iranian studies; history of Iran; historical documents

Contributing scholars: Ebrahim Pourdavoud, Mohammad Javad Mashkour, Mohammad Ebrahim Bastani Parizi, Iraj Afshar, Bahram Farrevashi, Rashid Yasemi, Jahangir Qaemmaqami

Editor-in-chiefs: Jahangir Qaemmaqami; Yahya Shahidi; Mohammad Kashmiri

Note: Affiliated with the Army of Iran

21. Vahid

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags)

 

Name in Persian: وحید

Publication years: 1964-1979

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 263

Founder and editor-in-chief: Seyfollah Vahid

Scope: Iranian studies; Persian literature; architecture, history

Contributing scholars: Zabihollah Safa, Sadeq Rezazade Shafaq, Sa’id Nafisi

 

22. Dāneš

Archive (Ensani) || About (Enc. Iran., no. 5)

Name in Persian: دانش

Publication years: 1949-1954

Frequency: monthly (not regularly)

Total number of issues: 22

Founder and editor-in-chief: Nurollāh Irānparast

Scope: Persian literature (classical and modern) and philology; politics; philosophy; history. 

Contributing scholars: Sa’id-e Nafisi, Mohammad-e Mo’in, Abbas-e Khoyi, Mohammad Javad-e Mashkur, Ahmet Ateş.

Interesting articles: Mohammad-e Mo’in, Tafsir-e fārsi-ye xāje Abdollāh-e Ansāri (n. 2, 1328AH); Sa’id-e Nafisi, Adabiyyāt-e fārsi dar Afγānestān (n. 1, 1328AH); Ahmad-e Ātaš, Moqaddame bar Tarjomān-ol-balāγe (n. 5, 1328AH); Sa’id-e Nafisi, Ravābet-e tārixi-ye Irān va Hendustān (n. 2, 1328AH).

23. Mardomšenāsi va Farhang-e ‘Āmme-ye Irān

Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in  Persian: مردم شناسی و فرهنگ عامه ایران

Publication years: 1956-1977

Frequency: quarterly

Total number of Issues: –

Founder: –

Scope: Iranian studies; Iranian culture; ethnography

Contributing scholars: Hasan Taqizadeh, Parviz Azkayi, Isa Nikukar, Mortaza Honari.

 

24. Šarq

Archive (Ensani) || About

 

Name in Persian: شرق

Publication years: 1924-1932 (with interruptions)

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 14

Founder: Mohammad Ramazani

Scope: Persian literature; history of Iran, 

Contributing scholars:

Editor-in-Chiefs: Ali Dashti, Nasrollah Falsafi, Sa’id Nafisi

25. Sa’di-šenāsi

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) 

 

Publication years: 1998-now

Frequency: annual (formerly), biannual (now)

Total number of Issues:

Founder

Scope:Classical Persian Literature

Contributing scholars:

Editor-in-Chiefs: Kurosh Kamali

26. Hāfez

Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in Persian: حافظ

Publication years: 2004-2010

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 75

Founder and editor-in-chief: Hasan Amin

Scope: Persian literature; modern history of Iran; politics

Contributing scholars: Hasan Amin, Manuchehr Daneshpazhuh, Seyfollah Vahidniya, Mohammad Mohit Tabatabayi, Mohammad-Reza Shafi’i Kadkani

27. Irān-e Emruz

Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in Persian: ایران امروز

Publication years: 1939-1942

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 24 (?)

Founder and editor-in-chief: Mohammad Hejazi

Scope: Iran; social issues: Persian literature: enlightenment, philosophy, psychology, science; feminism

Contributing scholars: Sa’id Nafisi, Ali Akbar Siyasi, Qasem Ghani, Zabihollah Safa, Rashid Yasemi, Sadeq Rezazade Shafaq

 

28. Payyām-e Novin / Payyām-e Now

Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in Persian: پیام نوین /  پیام نو

Publication years: 1944-1976

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: 115

Founder: Ahmad Barimani

Scope: Russian literature; Persian literature; philology; arts; history

Contributing scholars: Sa’id Nafisi; Malek-osh-shoara Bahar, Ali Asghar Hekmat, Bozorg Alavi, Mehdi Bayani, Mohammad Mo’in

 

29. Pešotan

Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in Persian: پشوتن

Publication years: 1948-1949

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 12

Founder: Key-Khosrow Keshavarz

Scope: Iranian studies; pre-Islamic Iran; Iranian culture; Persian literature; epic literature

Contributing scholars: Zabihollah Safa, Mohammad Mo’in, Mohammad Javad Mashkour

30. Honar va Mardom

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || About

 

The journal was republished after the Islamic Revolution and was renamed Muzeha (موزه ها).

Name in Persian: هنر و مردم

Publication years: 1957-1979 (interrupted between 1957-1962)

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 193

Founder: Firuz Baqerzadeh

Scope: Iranian studies; Iranian arts; culture; architecture; ethnography

Contributing scholars: Yahya Zaka, Isa Behnam, Akbar Tajvidi, Mehdi Forough, Mohammad Hasan Samsar

Editor-in-chiefs: Firuz Baqerzadeh, Enayatollah Khojaste, Bizhan Samandar

31. Gowhar

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) 

 

Name in Persian: گوهر

Publication years: 1973-1979

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 72

Founder and editor-in-chief: Mortaza Kamran

Scope: Persian literature; arts, culture; history

Contributing scholars: Mohammad-Mohit Tabatabayi, Mohammad-Amin Adib Tousi, Mohammad Ali Jamazade, Mahmoud Neshat, Iraj Afshar

32. Kelk 

Archive (Ensani) || Archive (Noormags) || About

 

Name in Persian: 

Publication years: 1990-2005

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 156

Founder: Mir-Kasri Haj Seyyed Javadi

Scope: Iranian studies; Persian literature; Iranian culture; arts

Contributing scholars: Mohammad Ebrahim Bastani Parizi, Ahmad Tafazzoli, Bahram Beyzayi, Daryush Ashuri, Gholamhusein Yusefi, Ali Dehbashi

Editor-in-Chiefs: Ali Dehbashi, Mohammad-Javad Kheradmand

33. Arteš

Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in Persian: ارتش

Publication years: 1947-1948

Frequency: monthly

Total number of Issues: 20 (?)

Founder: –

Scope: military history; history of Iran 

Contributing scholars: Sadeq Rezazade Shafaq, Zabihollah Safa, Mohammad Nakhjavan, Ali Akbar Deyhim, Sa’id Nafisi

34. Rāhnemā-ye Ketāb

About || About (Hamshahri)

 

Name in Persian: راهنمای کتاب

Publication years: 1958-1979

Frequency: monthly, quarterly

Total number of issues:

Founder: Ehsan Yarshater 

Scope: Iranian studies; book reviews

Contributing scholars: Abdolhosein Zarrinkoob, Mojtaba Minovi, Sa’id Nafisi, Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh, Ebrahim Pourdavoud, Mehdi Bayani, 

Editor-in-chiefs: Ehsan Yarshater, Iraj Afshar

 

35. Jondišāpur

Website || Archive (Ensani) 

 

Name in Persian: جندی شاپور

Publication years: 2015-now

Frequency: monthly

Total number of issues: 23

Founder: –

Scope: Iranian studies; history of Iran; political history

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