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The History of Children's Literature in Iran

The History of Children's Literature in Iran (HCLI) is a research project undertaken by the Foundation for Research on the History of Children's Literature in Iran (a non-governmental organization). Started in 1997, the project will be spread over 7 volumes. Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 have already been published and work continues on the remaining volumes.

The HCLI project includes such issues as: the appearance of culture and literature in Iran; the formation of oral literature and its components, followed by the appearance of children's literature in ancient times; after Islam, in the early part of the 20th century, and its development up to the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

HCLI will analyse the concept of childhood, educational ideas and the literature of each period under consideration. Also the broader socio-economic and cultural situations will be reviewed in light of historical developments. Sample text illustrations from the different periods will complete the discussions and provide a unique anthology.

Some of the questions to be answered by the HCLI are as follows:

  • When did Iranian society start considering children as different from adults.
  • How have thinkers defined the child and its special needs.
  • When did children's literature begin; and in which historical period were the first books produced.
These and many other questions will be raised and discussed in light of existing historical documents.

Research in pre-Islamic and Islamic works makes it clear that there are very few texts addressed directly to children. However, many passages can be found in the general literary works that are written for children and are clearly addressed to the young reader. This has been discussed extensively in volumes 1 and 2 of the HCLI.

The turning point occurs in the late 19th century and early 20th century, when such new factors enter the scene: new educational concepts, continuity of oral literature and folklore, development of a more simple Persian prose, the advent of translations from the West, the start of the printing industry in Iran, establishment of new schools, the study of child psychology, and the rise of pioneer personalities as early publishers of books for children.

As an extensive research project, the HCLI will also review the children's literature of Iran's minorities such as the Azari's, the Kurds, Zoroastrians, Christians and Jews.

The HCLI will contain the following parts:

Volume 1
The beginning of history in Iran and oral literature and children's literature in the pre-Islamic period.

Bibliography: Oral tradition and Ancient Times,
By Mohammad H. Mohammadi & Zohreh Ghaeni.
Tehran: The Foundation for Research on the History of Children's Literature in Iran, and Cheesta Publishing Co, 2001, pp 243, ill.
ISBN 964-92715-0-3

Volume 2
Comprising more than 1,000 years, from the advent of Islam in Iran, 7th century A.D. to the Constitutional Revolution in 1906.

Bibliography: Islamic Period,
By Mohammad H. Mohammadi & Zohreh Ghaeni.
Tehran: The Foundation for Research on the History of Children's Literature in Iran, and Cheesta Publishing Co, 2001, pp 243, ill.
ISBN 964-92715-1-1

Volumes 3 and 4
The formation of new educational concepts during the time of the Constitutional Revolution, critical study of early school texts and the study of the early works with educational, didactic, and prescriptive content.

Bibliography: Constitutional Era,
By Mohammad H. Mohammadi & Zohreh Ghaeni.
Tehran: The Foundation for Research on the History of Children's Literature in Iran, and Cheesta Publishing Co, 2002, pp 452 and 456, Ilus.
ISBN 964-92715-1-1

Volume 5 and 6
The development of modern children's literature and the contributions of pioneers such as Jabbar Baghcheban, Abbas Yamin Sharif and others.
To be published May 2003

Volumes 7 and 8
The Establishment of the first institutions for children's literature. The Qualitative and quantitative expansion of children's books from 1961 to the beginning of the Islamic revolution 1979.
To be published May 2004


Invitation for Collaboration

Books and publications make up our historical and national heritage. Time and events threaten old books written for children and young readers.

The Foundation for Research on the History of Children's Literature invites all those who have children's books and periodicals, especially lithograph editions in their collections to share these important historical documents with the HCLI project. By helping each other we can pay tribute to our common historical heritage.

The Foundation for Research on the History of Children's Literature in Iran
Address: Tehran PO BOX 16335-176
Phone and fax: +98+21+8716954
chlhistory@hotmail.com
www.chlhistory.org

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