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.



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)

Originally Published: December 15, 2002

Last Updated: December 15, 2002