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 has published seven volumes since.
"In 1996, when we started this project, we weren’t aware of its extent and thought we could finish the history in one or two volumes. It didn’t take a long time, however, to realize we were wrong. After studying documents, we reached the conclusion that Iran has one of the richest treasuries of children’s literature in the world."
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 analyses the concept of childhood, educational ideas, and the literature of each period under consideration. Also the broader socio-economic and cultural situations are reviewed in light of historical developments.
As an extensive research project, the HCLI reviews the children's literature of Iran's minorities such as the Azari's, Kurds, Zoroastrians, Armenians, Assyrians, and Jews.
HCLI's published volumes are as follow:
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 Institute 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 Institute 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 & 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 Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in Iran, and Cheesta Publishing Co, 2002, pp 452 and 456, ill. ISBN 964-92715-1-1
Volumes 5, 6, 7: The development of modern children’s literature and the contributions of pioneers such as Jabbar Baghcheban, Abbas Yamin Sharif and others.Bibliography: Modern Era. By Mohammad H.Mohammadi & Zohreh Ghaeni.Tehran: The Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in Iran, and Cheesta Publishing Co, 2003 and 2004, pp 427, 879 and 1299pp., ill. ISBN 964-92715 -4-6, 964-92715-5-6, 964-92715-6-2.
Volumes 8-10: 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.
The History of children’s literature is an achievement, resulted by efforts of a group of researchers, writers, searchers, the technical colleagues and those who promoted the book among the implied readers.
Writer and Supervisor of Research Group:
Zohreh Ghaeni (expert and researcher on children’s literature)
Mohammad Hadi Mohammadiwriter of children and adult’s literature, researcher and expert on children’s literature)
Atefeh Saliani, Zohreh Ghaeni, Mohammad Hadi Mohammadi
Mandana Razavizadeh (coordinator)
Tehran: Mehran Farokhseresht, Farzaneh Jamali, Bahareh Ghaeni, Zeinab Hosseini, Marzieh Khadem Sharif, Ashraf Khatib Shahidi, Marjan Rahimi Fard
Tabriz: Aghdas Charvandeh, Mahin Fotouhi
Isfahan: Nehzat Ghoreishinejad, Maryam Zeidani
Mashhad: Masoud Miralayi, Marzieh Mostofi
Shiraz: Mina Azari, Golnaz Mohebbi
Ghom: Ahmad Khatib Moemen
Yazd: Mastaneh Fakour
Armenian Literature Section:
Arsineh Mardirosian, Arineh Abrahamian
Library and indexing:
Farzaneh Taheri Ghandehari, Bahareh Ghaeni, Mehrzad Yazdian, Vida Ghaeni, Fatemeh Mortezaifard
Graphics and Layout:
Arineh Abrahamian, Samira Ghassemi
Arineh Abrahamian, Mehrdad Mohammadi, Samira Ghassemi
Masoumeh Forough, Arineh Abrahamian
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 Institute 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 14335-744
Phone and fax: +98+21+88716954