Editorial Staff

The Encyclopaedia Iranica employs a small, dedicated editorial staff.

Founding Editor: Ehsan Yarshater (ey4@columbia.edu)

EY PhotoProfessor Ehsan Yarshater is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University and former Director of its Center for Iranian Studies. He has authored and served as the editor of numerous scholarly works. Among many notable works, he has authored Persian Poetry in the Second Half of the 15th Century (1953), Southern Tati Dialects (1970), and has 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 is 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.

Director and Editor-in-Chief: Elton Daniel (ed2746@columbia.edu)

Elton DanielProfessor Elton Daniel (A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1970; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1978) taught Middle Eastern and Islamic History at the University of Hawaii from 1981 until his retirement in 2011. From 1997 to 2001, during periods of academic leave, he served as Associate Editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica. He has also held visiting positions or fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania (1976), the University of Chicago (1980-81), the American University in Cairo (1988), and Oxford (1994-95) as well as research fellowships in Damascus, Istanbul, and Tehran. In addition to numerous articles and reviews, Professor Daniel has authored, co-authored, or edited volumes including The Political and Social History of Khurasan under Abbasid Rule (1979), A Shi’ite Pilgrimage to Mecca (1990), Qajar Society and Culture (2002), Culture and Customs of Iran (2006), and The History of Iran (2nd ed., 2012). He has continuing research interests in the history of early Islamic Iran, Islamic historiography in Persian and Arabic, and Persian travel literature of the Qajar period.

Managing Editor : Marie McCrone (mm3811@columbia.edu)

Marisa “Marie” McCrone holds a B.A. degree in International Relations and English from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialized in international law, conflict and peace studies, and international politics. She has more than a decade of research, editorial, publishing, and communications experience in international affairs, including for organizations such as the United Nations, NGOs, think tanks, and non-profits.

Associate Editor: Nicholas Sims-Williams

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Nicholas Sims-Williams is Emeritus Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studied Iranian languages and Sanskrit at Cambridge University and went on to do a Ph.D. there under Dr. Ilya Gershevitch, his thesis being an edition of a fragmentary manuscript containing Christian texts translated from Syriac into Sogdian, the Iranian language of medieval Samarkand. This was later published as The Christian Sogdian manuscript C2, Berlin 1985, and awarded the Prix Ghirshman of the Institut de France. Professor Sims-Williams was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1988 and is also a member of the French and Austrian Academies. He is particularly interested in the Middle Iranian languages of pre-Islamic Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia, being equally fascinated by the languages themselves, with their Indo-European roots, and by their Central Asian setting, with its stimulating mixture of languages, cultures, and religions. At present he is engaged in deciphering and publishing a cache of documents in the little-known Bactrian language (see Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, I: Legal and Economic Documents, Oxford, 2000).

Associate Editor: Mohsen Ashtiany (ma419@columbia.edu)

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A 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 4 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 3 volumes in September 2011 by the Ilex Foundation and the Center Hellenic Studies, and distributed by Harvard University Press.

Associate Editor: Mahnaz Moazami (mm1754@columbia.edu)

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 Iranica2-volume set, New York, NY: Encyclopædia Iranica Foundation, 2016.

Senior Assistant  Editor: Dagmar Riedel (dar2111@columbia.edu)
(On leave - Marie Curie Fellow at CSIC - Spain 2017-2019)

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Dagmar Riedel studied Islamic history and medieval Arabic and Persian literatures at the  Universität Hamburg (Germany) and Indiana University. Her dissertation about Persian and Arabic anthologies received the 2005 dissertation prize of the Foundation of Iranian Studies. In 2005-2006, she was a fellow at the Arabic manuscript project of the Chester Beatty Library Dublin (Ireland). She has taught at Indiana University and Universität Hamburg. Her current research focuses on the history of Islamic studies in the West and the transmission of knowledge in the Islamic world. 

Senior Assistant Editor: Habib Borjian (hb146@columbia.edu)

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Habib Borjian received his academic training in the fields of engineering and humanities and has taught and published in both fields. He took graduate courses on Middle East and Central Asia at Columbia University while completing his postgraduate work in solid mechanics. He continued his study of Iranian languages at the University of Tehran and Yerevan State University, where he earned masters and doctorate degrees, respectively. His publications include articles in various journals and edited volumes and three volumes in Persian: Orthography of Iranian Languages, Tabari Texts, and Median Dialects of Isfahan. His current research focuses on the documentation of the endangered languages.

Online Coordinator: Setti Razavi (sr150@columbia.edu)

Setti Razavi is an expert in multimedia development and instructional technologies. She received her degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and has worked in various educational and academic environments.