Iranian Research Centre in Hyderabad Proposed for the Preservation of the Persian Language

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the November 8, 2013 edition of

Hyderabad [India]: Director of International Research and Educations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Hadi Soleymanpour said that the government of Iran would be pleased to establish an Iranian Research Centre in Hyderabad for the preservation and promotion of the Persian language.

He said that as The State archives is being a custodian of largest record of Persian language, an research centre on the lines of Daira-tul-maarif Arabic can be set up with the co-operation of the A.P.State Archives to facilitate the research on Persian record available in Archives. He also proposed to sponsor the publication of books with the compilation of translated work of Persian to English.

He was startled after witnessing the huge quantum of 3.75 million rare and historical record in Persian and Urdu languages date back to 1406 A.D preserved in the Archives.

Dr. Zareena Parveen, Director of the Archives explained that the Persian language was official language till the 1884 A.D. After that it was replaced, gradually, by Urdu language in the courts and later in the year 1887 A.D. it was implemented completely as an official language.

AP State Archives has the largest collection of Moghul record with 1,55,000 documents of the Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb era preserved here, she informed.

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Iranian/Persian Genealogy & Cultural Resources in the U.S.A.

Do you have or know someone in the United States that has Iranian roots? Despite the current tensions between Iran and the United States, family history spans all cultures and political persuasions. I just ran across an extensive article by Anne Hart dealing with resources for folks with Iranian/Persian ancestry at the website. Ann writes extensively on numerous topics, including genealogy. She wrote several articles for me when I was the editor of The Genealogical Helper.

The article gives a lot of information for research in California libraries, but goes on to give extensive listings of organizations, libraries, groups and such that have Iranian materials scattered all over the U.S.A. A lot of the data deals with Persian Jews. The article is quite long, with a lot of interesting information.

Following is a teaser:

Sacramento has a large library collection of Persian books, media, and culture-related publications. Persian Image See the article, A Success Story – California Library Association: Weblog Home. What if you don’t read Farsi, though, and are researching Persian/Iranian media history, magazines, publications, culture, or books in Sacramento public and university libraries? Or maybe you want to try recording oral histories in any language?

Sacramento’s Carmichael library branch has a special Persian collection. The branch also has books in various world languages. The California Collection features literature about California’s magnificent history.

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Bulldozer Destroys Graves of Political Prisoners in Tehran’s Khavaran Cemetery

January 20 – Iranian authorities have destroyed parts of Tehran’s Khavaran cemetery which contain mass unmarked Tehran's Khavaran cemeterygraves of political prisoners executed in 1988. The son of one of the victims tells Radio Farda: “They cannot annihilate all proof of a political massacre. We – the families of the victims – are its living proof.

From the January 23, 2009 edition of Radio Free Europe.

If you can read Persian, you’ll find this much longer article interesting. But if not, it looks like chicken scratching…