BARRASĪHĀ-ye TĀRĪḴĪ, a journal of historical studies of Iran published in Tehran during 1966-78. Its publication in March of 1966 by the public relations office of the Iranian Armed Forces under General B. Āryānā was undertaken in pursuance of a decree issued by Shah Moḥammad Reżā Pahlavī, who on December 6, 1965, had ordered a series of cultural activities, among them the preparation of a new history of Iran by the Pahlavi Library and the organizing of an inter­national congress of Iranologists in Tehran the follow­ing year.

The journal had a ceremonial board of governors on which the chancellor (raʾīs)of Tehran University and a number of high-ranking army officers sat, but it was actually supervised by a six-member board of editors and run by an editor-director. For the first five years, Colonel Jahāngīr Qāʾem-maqāmī, a historian of the Qajar period, was the editor-director of the journal; subsequently the post was held by Colonel Yaḥyā Šahīdī, Qāʾem-maqāmī again, and Major Moḥammad Kašmīrī. The contributors were, however, mostly civilians, including some university professors.

As expected, the journal had a nationalistic slant, and much was made in its pages of the glories of an­cient Iran. Nevertheless, the scholarly bent of Qāʾem-­maqāmī and some of the contributors made for the publication of some useful bias-free research. While the articles on pre-Islamic Iran were generally derivative, some of the articles relating to Islamic Iran, particularly those bearing on the eighteenth and nineteenth cen­turies and descriptive geography, were well researched and original. The journal also published a number of historical documents (letters, decrees, etc.) pertaining to the modern history of Iran, especially in volume 8 (1351 Š./1972-73).

From 1971 the journal began a biannual English edition, Historical Studies of Iran,and a French edition, Ētudes historiques sur l’Iran.A number of articles appearing in the journal were reprinted separately, and a special issue of Barrasīhā-ye tārīḵī was published in 1971 to coincide with the celebrations commemorating the 2,500 years of monarchy in Iran.

The journal had a circulation of 2,500-2,600, and there were 250-420 pages per issue in 17 x 24 cm format, printed on very fine paper. It included both black-and-white and color illustrations and was printed in the Armed Forces printing office in Tehran. A yearly subscription initially cost 100 rials for the military and 170 for civilians; in the last year of publication the figures were 600 and 1,200 respectively. Outside of Iran, the yearly cost was first 6 dollars, which by the eleventh year had increased to 20 dollars. The journal ceased publication in 1978, following the events that led to the 1979 revolution.


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Originally Published: December 15, 1988

Last Updated: December 15, 1988

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