Esmail Nooriala


Academic Experience

Adjunct professor - Denver University - University College – Department of Modern Languages - Farsi language - 2007/8

Adjunct professor - Denver University - Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) – Sociology of Islam and the Middle East - 2008

Lecturer on the History of West Asian Cultures. Colorado Persian Society. Denver 1995-2000

Lecturer on Modern Iranian Literature – "Iran Minor" Cultural Group, London 1981-1989

Professor of Persian Classical Literature. University of Tehran.1971-1973

Lecturer on Sociology of Iranian Culture. University of Tehran.1970-1971

Teacher of Persian Language and Literature. Dar-ol-fonun High School, Tehran, Iran 1962-65


Governmental Works

Curriculum advisor for Persian literature studies – Ministry of Education, Iran 1970-1973

Programming advisor, Ministry of Arts and Culture, Iran 1968-1971

Senior Cultural Advisor, Planning Organization of Iran, 1965-1981



Ph.D. in Political Sociology (of the Middle East). University of London 1982

M. Phil in Political Sociology (of Islam in Iran). University of London 1980

MA in Social Sciences. University of Tehran 1971

Special course in economic development planning. University of Maryland. 1968

BA in Teaching Persian Literature. Teachers’ Training College. 1966

BA in English Literature. University of Tehran 1964


Research Works:


            Historical Analysis:

            Theories of poetry in contemporary Iranian literature, London 1994

            The historical evolution of Shi’i religious organizations in Iran, London 1980

            Political sociology of Shi’ism in Iran, Tehran 1976

            Sociology of public opinion in Iran, Tehran 1973

Forms and compositions in modern Persian literature, Tehran 1967


            Documentary Works: 

            7 short documentaries in English for National Iranian TV (1978) and BBC on:

                        - Iranian drama

                        - Iranian architecture

                        - Iranian traditions

                        - Iranian religious rituals

                        - Iranian modern art

                        - Iranian music

                        - Iranian poetry reading




            Savitri, the goddess in Indian mythology, 1985

Missing, a novel by Thomas Hauser - Tehran 1981

            Labyrinth of Solitude, Octavio Paz, Tehran 1976

            The Art of Film, Tehran 1968

            The history of modern painting, Tehran 1967

            The history of Persian arts, Arthur Christensen, Tehran 1966

            Towards an organic architecture, Bruno Zevi, Tehran 1965

Abstract of an artist, Moholy Nagi, Tehran 1964


            Anthologies of poems in Farsi:

            The key to thunder - Denver 1996

            Termites and the fountain - Denver 1995

            Three steps to glory - London 1991

            Still, Davaavand - London 1989

            Forbidden territory - Tehran 1977

            From the other side of the wall - Tehran 1976

            To the nocturnal masses - Tehran 1967

            Behind the closed doors - Tehran 1964

Stories for MJ - Tehran 1961


            Editorship of art and literature periodicals:

            New Secularism, (e-magazine), Denver, 2007-Present

            Puyeshgaran Literary, London and Denver, 1990-1997

            Avand Literary, London 1985

            Ferdowsi Weekly, Tehran 1968-1972

            Negin Monthly, Tehran 1965

            Poetry Pamphlet, Tehran 1965

            Bamshad Weekly, Tehran 1964

Torfe Publications, Tehran 1963



            More than 200 articles on Persian poetry, Persian culture, Islamic institutions, and films.


Feature Films (Writer and Director)

            "Men of Dawn" 1970

            "Minstrel" 1972


Radio & TV works

            "Cultural Presence", weekly TV show, Andishe TV, 2010-Present

            "Cultural Presence", weekly TV show, AFNL TV, 2006-2009

            "Literary workshop", weekly TV show, Appadana TV, Channel One TV and NITV 2001-2005

            "On the Table", a socio-literary weekly TV show, AFN TV Denver 2003-2005

            "On the Table", a socio-literary weekly radio show, Yaran Radio Denver 2002-2003

            Literary correspondence, BBC Persian Service, London 1984-1986

"Voice of Poets", radio program, Tehran 1966-1967