Editorial Staff

The Encyclopaedia Iranica employs a small, dedicated editorial staff.

Founding Editor-in-Chief: Ehsan Yarshater

Ehsan YarshaterProfessor Ehsan Yarshater (1920–2018) was the Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University and former Director of its Center for Iranian Studies. He authored and served as the editor of numerous scholarly works. Among many notable works, he authored Persian Poetry in the Second Half of the 15th Century (1953), Southern Tati Dialects (1970), and edited the third volume of Cambridge History of Iran, in two parts, covering the Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian periods (1983, 1986), and Persian Literature (1988). He was the General Editor of the 40-volume Tabari Translation Project, and the Founding Editor of the Persian Text Series, the Persian Heritage Series and the Persian Studies Series. Lecture series in his name have been instituted at Harvard, the University of London, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Associate Editor: Mohsen Ashtiany

Mohsen AshtianyA graduate of University of St. Andrews and Oxford University, Mohsen Ashtiany has taught Persian literature and history at Oxford University, University of Manchester and the University of California at Los Angeles and has held Visiting Fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. He is a member of the Editorial Board of A History of Persian Literature (in 18 volumes); co-editor of vol. II of the series and editor of vol. III. He is also a Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History, Stockholm University and author of the contributions on Classical Persian Poetry in the four-volume Literature: A World History, ed. David Damrosch et al. (Blackwell’s, 2013). An annotated translation of Beyhaqi' Tarikh-e Mas'udi, carried out in collaboration with Professor C. E. Bosworth and funded by The National Endowment for Humanities was published in three volumes in September 2011 by the Ilex Foundation and the Center Hellenic Studies, and distributed by Harvard University Press.

Associate Editor: Mahnaz Moazami 

Dr. Mahnaz Moazami is a graduate of the Universities of Tehran and Paris-Sorbonne, where she studied Old and Middle Iranian languages, and historical anthropology of ancient religions. She has held post-doctoral research fellowships at Harvard and Yale, and since 2008 has taught courses as a Visiting Professor at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion at Columbia’s Department of Religion. Her research focuses on religion in pre-Islamic Iran, and has published several articles on different aspects of Zoroastrianism. Her publications include her book Wrestling with the Demons of the Pahlavi Widēwdād a major source for the understanding of Zoroastrian purification laws, published by Brill in 2014. She is also the editor of Zoroastrianism: A Collection of Articles from the Encyclopaedia Iranica, two-volume set, New York, NY: Encyclopædia Iranica Foundation, 2016.