The journal was originally launched to help keep Iran's cultural traditions alive.
From 1988 on, it predominantly featured articles on contemporary Iranian issues in special issues edited by guest scholars while also providing a forum for original research on Iran's history as well as literary and artistic heritage.
deserts, blue tiled mosques, narrow alleys, ancient history, Silk Road caravans and also images of war, mullahs, death penalty, compulsory use of the hijab, women as second class citizens, censorship…I have been here for over a month and a half and have fallen in love with the place.
When I crossed the border from Armenia into Iran the landscape changed instantly.
It was an interesting experience being with a man in Iran though as I observed how suddenly I became invisible and people addressed themselves to him and not me. The town was busy getting ready for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.
The bazaar, one of the most important commercial centres of the Silk Road was teeming with people busy buying gifts for friends and family.
سرم رو برگردوندم و لبام رو گذاشتم روی لبای مسعود شروع کردم به خوردن لباش اونم دستش رو گذاشت رو سینه هام و اونا رو میمالید .
The best way to know me, is to read my various articles and books in IPC.
The first 26 issues of the journal, through volume VII, Number 2, prepared by him as editor and Professor Heshmat Moayyad as book review editor, focused mainly on history and culture, especially of the pre-Islamic era, to which a host of luminaries, including Ehsan Yarshater, Mohammad Jafar Mahjoub, Jalal Khaleqi Motlaq, and Zabihollah Safa, among others, contributed regularly.
The next editor-in-chief, Dariush Shayegan, a renowned philosopher who managed the journal’s volumes VII (1989) number 2 to volume XI (1993), brought with him a team of scholars and experts of the next generation, including Dariush Ashouri as executive editor, and Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak as book review editor.
I have been political since age 11, yet I have been politically active since 1979.
Since then, I have been a part of Iranian Resistance and Opposition.
During Shayegan’s editorship the foundation was laid for a much greater emphasis on in-depth studies of social, political and economic issues Iranians faced after the end of the devastating Iran-Iraq war and the ways and means of addressing and resolving them.