Although academic Persian studies may be said to have begun in England in the early 17th century, it was not until the late 18th century that the Persian poets began to be read in English translations. This was due to the linguistic and literary skills of Sir William Jones and to the fact that Persian was the official language at the Indian courts.
From the turn of the 14th century onward, depictions of the Prophet Moḥammad’s night journey (esrāʾ) and heavenly ascent (meʿrāj) were integrated into illustrated world histories and biographies.
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Fascicle 2 of Volume XVI
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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2016 Busa Prize
The staff of Encyclopædia Iranica are happy to join in congratulating the recipient of this year's Busa Prize —Helen Agüera, who in 2014 retired from her longtime position as senior program officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The award, given by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), honors lifetime achievement in the application of technology to humanities research (see the ADHO announcement). NEH assistance to Encyclopædia Iranica began in 1979, and we remain ever grateful to Helen Agüera for her critiques and advice to this project through the years. We applaud this recognition of her aid to all the worthy projects that she has helped bring to fruition.
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