Journal of history of Iran)

Document Type : Research Paper


In all societies, based on historical, political, social, or religious reasons, a language, dialect or a linguistic variety of has a special status, in a way that this language, dialect or linguistic variety has been supported during the history of that society, and a purposeful series of attempts has been done to promote the status of that language or for expanding its functions or areas of use. This can be said for the Persian language, as the Iranian’s lingua franca and formal language. Therefore, many believe that in order to resolve the problems of Iranian society, you must pay attention to the Persian language and reforming its alphabet and teaching methodology. Qajar period, as an important part of the contemporary history of Iran, is unique for its viewpoints on the status of Persian language and the need for its planning. Therefore, one of the problems is  to recognize the foundations of these viewpoints. This study is an attempt to answer mainly two questions: What kinds of goals have these people had in posing these ideas? What are the linguistic bases of these viewpoints? Investigating these viewpoints reveals that in the Qajar period, there have been remarkable ideas about Persian language planning some of which can be justified based on modern ideas in language planning. The important point is that a number of the key problems recognized in the period has remained unresolved to today's Iran.