Monday, February 15, 2021

Encyclopædia Iranica Online Now Freely Accessible at Brill

15 Feb 2021

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The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, New York, and Brill are delighted to announce that the Encyclopædia Iranica Online is now freely accessible at Brill’s Reference Works Platform. Encyclopædia Iranica is the comprehensive academic reference work dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

This new online version of the Encyclopædia Iranica offers corrected and updated older content as well as entirely new entries from the printed fascicles XVI/4, 5, and 6 that were already published by Brill. New articles will be added at regular intervals.

“The staff of the Yarshater Center appreciate Brill’s extraordinary efforts to make this new website a reality, and we look forward to working with our partners at Brill as we continue to expand and improve the content of the Encyclopædia Iranica,” says Elton Daniel, Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopædia Iranica.

“Brill is delighted to be the publisher of the Encyclopædia Iranica, which is the most important reference work in the fields of Persian and Iranian studies,” says Maurits van den Boogert, Publishing Director, Brill.

For more information about this media alert contact Maurits van den Boogert, Publishing Director at Brill via, or visit the website.
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About the Encyclopædia Iranica
The scope of the Encyclopædia Iranica encompasses the multi-disciplinary study of all the peoples speaking Iranian languages, wherever they have lived, in all time periods;  the reciprocal relations of the Iranians and their neighbors, especially those of the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, the Caucasus, and Central Asia; and the influence of Iranian civilization in a global context.  It particularly endeavors to include subjects such as Shiʿite studies, Iranian ethnography and folklore, the history of science, calligraphy, music, and the arts, as well as entries on books of major significance.
As an academic reference work, it seeks to cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures, facilitating the whole range of research in Iranian studies in fields ranging from archeology to the social and natural sciences.  However, biographies of living persons are excluded.  Entries, authored by the best available authority, are peer-reviewed and signed, include in-text documentation, and provide bibliographies appropriate to the subject.

About the Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University
The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies was established at Columbia University in 2018 with the support of a generous gift from the Persian Heritage Foundation in honor of Professor Ehsan Yarshater’s remarkable scholarship and his lifelong dedication to the study of Iran’s culture and history.
The Yarshater Center aims to promote and to strengthen the late Professor Yarshater’s vision of Iranian Studies, encompassing a broad range of subjects in all periods and in a global context. As part of this mission, the Yarshater Center hosts special lecture series, seminar series, conferences, and symposia, and it produces scholarly publications, particularly two major long-term publication projects, the Encyclopædia Iranica and A History of Persian Literature.

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in  Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit


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