Nome: Encyclopedia Iranica
The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. The academic reference work will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture, as well as all Iranian languages and literatures, facilitating the entire range of Iranian studies research from archeology to political sciences.
The Encyclopædia Iranica
is an international, collaborative research project of the Ehsan Yarshater Center
at Columbia University. In recognition of its high academic achievements, the Encyclopædia Iranica
has received ﬁnancial support, since its inception in the 1970s, from major sponsors, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Persian Heritage Foundation, the International Union of Academies, the Iran Heritage Foundation (London), the Semnani Foundation, the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London), and the Les Amies de l’Encyclopedie Iranica (Paris). The project was also supported by the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, founded in 1990, which made periodic donations until 2017. The Persian Heritage Foundation endowed the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies with a ten million dollar gift in July 2018. Formerly known as the Center for Iranian Studies, the Center was renamed to recognize Professor Yarshater, the founding director of the Center whose legacy and dedication to the study of Persian history and culture were exceptional. This gift will enable the Yarshater Center to significantly advance the field through scholarly publications, including the Encyclopædia Iranica, A History of Persian Literature
series, a Persian art series, and a Persian text series.
The Encyclopædia Iranica was, until 2017, overseen by its founder and editor-in-chief, Professor Ehsan Yarshater, and is now overseen by editor-in-chief and Senior Research Scholar Elton Daniel. A team of Consulting Editors, all internationally renowned scholars of Iranian studies, assist in the commissioning and editing of entries. The in-house editorial staff works at Columbia University’s Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies. Entries are solicited by invitation only, and are subject to peer review to ensure factual reliability, scholarly objectivity, and political independence.
Encyclopædia Iranica benefits not only those who are interested in Persian life and culture but also students, specialists, and the educated general reader interested in a variety of academic disciplines. The disciplines represented include, but are not confined to: anthropology, archaeology, geography, art history, ethnology, sociology, economics, history of religion, philosophy, mysticism, history of science and medicine, Islamic history, botany, zoology, folklore, development of agriculture and industry, political science, international relations, and diplomatic history.
Encyclopædia Iranica is an international undertaking and draws on the most authoritative scholarship worldwide to ensure the quality and reliability of its articles. To date over 1,300 scholars worldwide have contributed articles in a variety of languages, including English, Russian, Persian, Turkish, and Chinese. In Volume I alone there were articles by 285 authors.