GOWHAR

GOWHAR, a cultural journal published monthly from Bahman 1351/January 1973 to Day 1357/December 1978 (issue no. 72). It was a publication of the philanthropic organization of Mortażā Nuriāni, whose board of trustees was headed by Manučher Eqbāl (q.v.) and whose secretary-general was Noṣrat-Allāh Kāsemi, a friend of Eqbāl. Mortażā Kāmrān was named as the manager-in-charge (modir-e masʾul) of the journal, but it was in fact run by Kāsemi, a physician, poet, politician, and regular contributor to the journal. Gowhar published literary and historical articles as well as a considerable number of poems, particularly by contemporary poets.

The format was 88 to 108 single-column illustrated pages, measuring 16 x 22.5 cm. At the beginning the annual subscription was 350 rials and a single issue cost 30 rials; in the last year of its publication, they had been raised to 1,200 and 100 rials, respectively. Complete sets are available at most libraries in Persia.

Bibliography:

Š. Esfandiāri et al., Maṭbuʿāt. Fehrest-e taḥlili-e Ketāb-ḵāna-yeMajles-e senā, Tehran, 1358 Š./1979, p. 184.

Fehrest-e majallāt-e mawjud dar ketāb-ḵāna-ye Āstān-e qods-e rażawi, Mašhad, 1361 Š/1982, p. 247, no. 372.

Ursula Sims-Williams, Union Catalogue of Persian Serialsand Newspapers in British Libraries, London, 1985, no. 150.

L. Sudbaḵš, Fehrest-e našriyāt-e adwāri-e Ketāb-ḵāna-ye markazi-e Fārs, Shiraz, 1368 Š./1989, pp. 613-14, no. 795.

(Nasereddin Parvin)

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