Renowned Iranologist Iraj Afshar passes away at 85



28 March 2011

Tehran, March 10, IRNA – Renowned Iranologist, book expert, and member of Great Islamic Encyclopedia' Supreme Scientific Council, Iraj Afshar passed away at Tehran's Jam Hospital Wednesday evening.  
 
  According to IRNA Cultural Desk reporter, Professor Iraj Afshar who was hospitalized since March 3rd died at the age of 85.
He was the son of Dr. Mahmoud Afshar, the founder of Afshar Yazdi Foundation and one of the professors of Iran's first modern university Daar ol-Fonoun.
He was born on April 5th, 1925 in Tehran and began his primary school studies in 1933 at the Zoroastrians School of Tehran. In the year 1945 he began his university studies at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Tehran and continued there till getting his PhD degree in law.
Afshar was a literary and scientific asset for Iran and was unique in book keeping.
He was a master in English and French languages and was the book keeper at Tehran University's Faculty of Law for ten years, after which he was appointed as the head of the Library of Tehran Supreme College.
He served as the head of the National Library of Iran relying on his long experience of book keeping in those libraries for a few years.
He was a member of the Iranology Institute, member of the Book Choosing Board, member of the Iranian Book Keepers Association, and member of the Executive Board of History Association.
Afshar cooperated with many newspapers and periodicals such as Jahan-e Nou magazine; was the chief editor of Ayandeh magazine, the chief editor of Sokhan magazine, the manager of the Book of the Month periodical, cooperated in the establishment of the Iranian Book Club, was the manager and chief editor of the Iranian Book Digest, prepared a list of the Persian books published by Harvard University, was the manager and editor in chief of the Iranology magazine and had many other journalist posts and activities.
In the year 1951 in collaboration with four of his literary friends he began the publication of 'Farhang-e Iran Zamin' (The Culture of Motherland Iran) and since 1948 he had accepted the management of the Book Guide magazine, as well.
On an invitation by Harvard University he taught there for a year and was meanwhile organizing the books in eastern languages at that university.
He had some trips to various countries, all related to book and book keeping affairs.
Among the published books of this great Iranologist we can refer to the 1st and 2nd volumes of Research Works in Iranology (2005), History Notebook (2005), Dr. Mahmoud Afshar Foundation (2005), Travelogue of Rose Gardens in Motherland (2005), and Tehran Letters (2006).
Professor Iraj Afshar also left four sons in this world, Babak, Bahram, Koushyar, and Arash.
Scotland University had programmed giving an honorary doctorate Professor Afshar in December 2011.
May his great soul rest in peace and his blessed name be always remembered with great pride by every Iranian.



 
Number of Visits: 4543


Comments

 
Full Name:
Email:
Comment:
 

A Look at the Book “Operational Physicians-2”

Biography, Memories and Viewpoints of Dr. Mohammad Ali Attari, Professor and Specialist in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine and Pain
In the book “Field Physicians 2”, after acknowledgement, we first come to a short text written by Dr. Mohammad Ali Attari, and on the next page to a photograph, as it is stated under the photo, taken with Professor Majid Samii in the operating room (Germany, Hannover). After that the content, the editor introduction, and then “Biography at a Glance” which is a six-page summary of the book text, are presented.
The Fourth Online Meeting of Iranian Oral History

Iranian Oral History beyond Borders – 2

Dr. Abolfazl Hasanabadi, Dr. Morteza Rasouli Pour, and Dr. Abolhasani participated in the fourth meeting out of the series of meetings on oral history in Iran held online on Saturday 11th of Dey 1400 (January 1, 2022) hosted by Mrs. Mosafa. In the meeting set up in the History Hallway of the Clubhouse, they talked about “Iran’s Oral History beyond Borders”. In continuation of the meeting, the host asked ...
Interview with Brigadier General Farzollah Shahin-Rad

Ironman

We were supposed to experience a hot summer day at seven oclock in the afternoon. I got to his house in ten minutes to seven, but I knew that working with the militant had special rules. One of them is punctuality. I went up and down the alley several times to meet this Ironman at his house. When I saw him from afar at military conferences, his sense of toughness was evident in demeanor.
Book Review:

"You Must Survive"!

Memoirs of Haj Ali Karami, Commander of the "Habib ibn Madhahir" Battalion of the 10th Martyrs Division. "The bullet was hit in the middle of the column. There was no wounded or martyred person; whatever there was, it was just amputated arms and amputated legs and torn pieces of bodies that had been piled up... Once, I saw the forces of the Basij forces staring at those scenes in astonishment. I swallowed saliva and shouted: