Saturday, April 17, 2010

Encyclopaedia Iranica

The Encyclopaedia Iranica is available free of charge to anyone with
an internet connection:

What is the Encyclopædia Iranica?

Encyclopædia Iranica is a multi-volume, multi-disciplinary work
designed to provide a detailed and accurate picture of an important
world civilization over a span of several thousand years. It is the
most extensive compendium ever conceived on the past and present
culture of the Iranian peoples and their contribution to the broader
history of human civilization.

In what language is the Encyclopædia published?

The Encyclopædia Iranica is published in English, in order to make it
accessible to the widest possible readership in the world, no less
than to educated Iranians. A projected Persian translation is
envisaged once the Encyclopædia has been published in its entirety.

Who sponsors Encyclopædia Iranica?

Encyclopædia Iranica is a project of Columbia University and is
prepared at its Center for Iranian Studies. For over two decades it
has been supported chiefly by the National Endowment for the
Humanities, an independent Federal agency, which has classified the
Encyclopædia Iranica as a "major project". However, in order to
realize the full operating budget, the project is required to raise a
third to half of its annual budget from other sources. Several
institutions and individuals have assisted through private
contributions. The need however is ever-present, and all who value the
completion of the Encyclopaedia should consider assisting it with
their donations.

How objective is Encyclopædia Iranica?

Encyclopaedia Iranica is a non-partisan, non-political, non-religious,
non-ideological and entirely independent compendium of objective,
documented and reliable information that has drawn on the expertise of
first-rate scholars world-wide from major universities and academies
in North America, Europe and Asia.

Who would find the Encyclopædia useful?

Students, scholars, and educated readers; in brief, all those who are
eager to learn more about Iranian peoples and their cultures will find
the Encyclopædia an indispensable source of information. Iranians
brought up abroad will find it particularly useful for learning about
their cultural heritage.

How many volumes have been published?

Thus far, fourteen volumes and half of volume XV have been published
in the print edition; and over 800 articles through the letter Z have
been posted on-line out of alphabetical turn.

Why is the Encyclopædia so detailed?

The long history of Iranian peoples and their important contributions
to world culture make it incumbent upon the Encyclopaedia Iranica to
do justice to the full scope of available information. As such,
articles are as detailed as possible to ensure a level of
comprehensiveness appropriate for scholarly research.