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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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Fascicle 2 of Volume XVI

recently published

The most recent fascicle in the print edition of Encyclopædia Iranica appeared during the second quarter of 2013. This fascicle continues the development of letter “K” topics. It begins with the ancient KASSITES and ends with the beginning of titles with initial Ke-. Especially notable in this fascicle is the comprehensive survey of the Kayanid dynasty in the traditional history of Iran, as recorded in our sources both pre-Islamic and Islamic. This entry by Prof. P. O. Skjærvø, under the title KAYĀNIĀN, is now available at this website, along with all other entries in the fascicle.

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A New Entry on Iranica

ZOROASTRIANISM ii. Historical Review: from the Arab Conquest to Modern Times

A popular, 20th-century depiction of the Prophet Zarathustra on a stained glass window at the Tata Fire Temple, Bandra, India. (Copyright ©Jamsheed K. Choksy)

an overview of the history of Zoroastrianism from its beginnings through the centuries.

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