Copyright Encyclopædia Iranica
1200 named contributors.|
Editor in chief
and founder: Ehsan Yarshater
|Country||United States of America|
|Subject||Iranistics and Greater Iran studies|
|Publisher||Bibliotheca Persica Press|
45 Hardback Volumes|
15 Volumes have been published by 2009.
Encyclopædia Iranica is a project whose goal is to create a comprehensive and authoritative English language encyclopedia about the history, culture, and civilization of Iranian peoples from prehistory to modern times. It is a project founded by Ehsan Yarshater at Columbia University, started in 1973 at its Center for Iranian Studies, and is considered the standard encyclopaedia of the academic discipline of Iranistics.
The scope of the encyclopedia goes beyond modern Iran (also known as "Persia") and encompasses the entire Iranian cultural continent (namely Afghanistan, Tajikistan, parts of Anatolia and Kurdistan) as well as other geographical areas where Iranian languages dominated at certain times: Caucasus, South Asia, Central Asia, and Mesopotamia. Relations of the Iranian world with other cultures (China, European countries, etc.) are also covered.
The editor-in-chief is Professor Ehsan Yarshater and managing editor is Ahmad Ashraf. The editorial board includes Nicholas Sims-Williams, Christopher J. Brunner, Mohsen Ashtiany, Manuchehr Kasheff, and over 40 Consulting Editors from major international institutions doing research in Iranian Studies. A growing number (over 1,200 in 2006) of scholars from academic institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia have contributed articles to Encyclopædia Iranica.
Many foundations, organizations, and individuals have supported Encyclopædia Iranica. Since 1979, the encyclopaedia has been sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which, as of 2007[update] has been covering one-third of the project's budget for a few years. The list of sponsors includes American Council of Learned Societies, Union Académique Internationale, Iran Heritage Foundation, and many other charitable foundations, philanthropic families and individuals.
On March 25, 2007, the Associated Press released a news report about Encyclopædia Iranica introducing it to the greater public. This story was picked up by the news media, both print and online. For example, CNN International published it (with modifications) on their website. The article was prepared without its writer contacting the Editorial office of the Encyclopædia Iranica and contained serious inaccuracies such as "the Iranian government bitterly opposes the Encyclopaedia" and also inaccurate biographical details of Prof. E. Yarshater. These inaccuracies prompted Encyclopædia Iranica to publish an official response.
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- Website. Full-text access to the Encyclopædia as it currently exists.
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- Diverse information about Iranica
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