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The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.   



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The Encyclopædia Iranica Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation founded by the late Dr. Ehsan Yarshater in 1990, is responsible for the publication of Encyclopædia Iranica. The Foundation has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Columbia University for its assistance in the production of the Encyclopædia. The Foundation is now starting a new chapter in the publication of the Encyclopædia Iranica, and wishes to thank Columbia University and the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies for their contribution in the past. Please stay tuned for Encyclopædia Iranica updates.

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A Collection of Articles from the Encyclopædia Iranica


Edited by Mahnaz Moazami, 2-volume set, Encyclopædia Iranica Foundation: New York, NY, 2016

Zoroastrian theology, cosmology and cosmogony, history of the faith, its rituals and ceremonies, Avestan and Middle Persian texts, festivals such as Nowruz, Mehregan, and Sada, and a host of other topics, hitherto dispersed amidst other entries in their alphabetical sequence in the Encyclopædia Iranica, are gathered together here in a 2-volume set.

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