Friday, April 04, 2008


خبرنامه‌ي ِ «دانشنامه‌ي ِ ايرانيكا»: مژده رسان ِ آگاهي هاي نو از گستره ي كوشش هاي ايران شناختي

Issue Number 2 - April 2, 2008

Encyclopaedia Iranica Progress Report

Dear friends of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, thanks to your invaluable moral and financial support, the Encyclopaedia Iranica had a most successful 2007 in carrying out its project as planned. We owe our proven success in fulfilling our mission first and foremost to you and your active involvement and generous support. As in the past, we would like to share with you not only our long-term vision for preserving Iranian cultural heritage, but also a brief outline for our plans for the forthcoming months. Please click here for the full text of Professor Yarshater's letter.

Fascicles 2, 3, and 4 of Volume XIV Published; Fascicle 5 in Press

The second and third fascicles of Volume XIV of the Encyclopaedia Iranica were published in the Summer and Fall of 2007, and the fourth fascicle in January 2008. They feature over 110 entries on various aspects of Iranian culture and history, including six series of articles on specific subjects: Islam in Iran; Ismailism; Iran Relations with Israel; Iran Relations with Italy; Jade; and Jamalzadeh. With the publication of "Ivory" in Fascicle 3, the entries in the letter "I" were completed and the entries in the letter "J" began. Individual Topics show the title and definition of other articles.

International Iranica Week

This year marks Encyclopaedia Iranica's 35th anniversary since its inception. The Encyclopaedia would not have become what it is without the contributions of the great scholars of Iranian Studies, the generous support of our donors and the tireless efforts of our staff. Following a proposal by some of the friends of the Encyclopaedia, and to celebrate its succes in rendering a distinct scholarly service to its readership, a week in each year, i.e., the first week of May, has been designated as Iranica Week.

Please Click Here for Dates and Venues.

International Iranica Week at New York University with Bo Lawergren

On the occasion of International Iranica Week in New York City, Prof. Bo Lawergren of Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will give an illustrated and performing lecture on the history of Harp (Chang) in Iran on May 6th, 2008 at the NYU Kimmel Center. Tomoko Sugawara, harpist, will perform a unique tune that survives from the golden period of the chang: Qawl by Qotb-al-Din Shirazi (1236-1311). Prof. Lawergren has contributed the article on "Harp in Iran" to the Encyclopaedia Iranica. For more information about the program, please click here; for the abstract of Prof. Lawergren's lecture, please click here.

Eighth and Final Volume of the Shahnameh Published

Thus the publication of the first critical edition of the Shahnameh, this greatest monument of Persian language and literature, which began 20 years ago, edited by Dr. Djalal Khaleghi-Motlagh, has become available in eight volumes of text and three volumes of explanatory notes. Each volume costs between $60 and $75 and may be ordered from Eisenbrauns Inc., P.O. Box 275, Winona Lake, IN 46590-0275,

Columbia University Seminar with Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

On February 7, 2008, Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, led the seminar entitled "American Crosses, Persian Crescents: Religion and the Diplomacy of U.S.-Iran Relations, 1834-1979." She argued that religious ideology frequently colored perceptions and influenced policy-making. Even after more than a hundred years of interaction, cultural representations were refracted through religious difference and similarity. Please click here for the full synopsis.

Columbia University Seminar with Professor Farhad Khosrokhavar

On March 4, 2008, Professor Farhad Khosrokhavar of L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris led the seminar entitled "The New Post-Revolutionary Generation in Iran: The Case of Qom." In the course of his lecture, he presented his latest research dealing with youth living in the holy city of Qom, a population with no first-hand knowledge of pre-revolutionary life in Iran. The major issues addressed in his research included relations and conflicts between the new generation and their parents, etc. Please click here for the full synopsis.

Books for Sale

A number of books, prepared at the Center for Iranian Studies, published by Bibliotecha Persica, and distributed by Eisenbrauns Inc., are available for sale. They include monographs in various fields of Iranian Studies as well as translations of Persian classics and modern Persian literature. Please click here for a listing of the books along with their prices.

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Please support research on Persian history and civilization by making donations to Columbia University or the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, both tax-exempt organizations. These projects have no other support than the support provided by the individuals and organizations that value the recording and dissemination of Iranian cultural heritage.

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