The Encyclopaedia Iranica employs a small, dedicated editorial staff.
Founding Editor: Ehsan Yarshater (email@example.com)
Professor Ehsan Yarshater is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University and 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.
Interim Director and Editor-in-Chief: Elton Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professor 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: Ahmad Ashraf (email@example.com)
Ahmad Ashraf has taught sociology and the social history of Persia at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Tehran University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, including Historical Obstacles to the Development of Capitalism in Iran (1980). His writings have covered such topics as social hierarchies in Persia, tradition and modernity, Iranian national identity, agrarian relations in Persia, and charismatic leadership and theocratic rule in post-revolutionary Persia. Dr. Ashraf has served on the editorial board of the Iranian Studies, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, and Iran-Nameh. Since 1992, he has served as a Trustee-at-Large of the American Institute of Iranian Studies.
Associate Editor: Nicholas Sims-Williams
Nicholas Sims-Williams is currently 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Senior Assistant Editor: Dagmar Riedel (email@example.com)
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: Manouchehr Kasheff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A distinguished instructor of Persian, Mr. Manouchehr Kasheff taught at Columbia University from 1974 up to his retirement in 2008. Since 2008 he has been teaching at New York University. He founded the American Association of Teachers of Persian and served as its first secretary-treasurer. He is author of a number of articles for the Encyclopædia Iranica and the Encyclopædia of Asian Studies and has translated into Persian books by A.J. Arberry and S. Runciman and articles by distinguished authors including T.S. Eliot, George Santayana, and others.
Senior Assistant Editor: Habib Borjian (email@example.com)
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.
Assistant Editor: Houra Yavari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Houra Yavari received a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Tehran. Pursuing her studies in the US, she received an M.ED. from the Bank Street College of Education while studying literature and literary criticism, particularly as applied to modern Persian fiction. Her articles and books focus mainly on psychoanalysis and literature. She is the author of Psychoanalysis and Literature: Two Texts, Two Selves, Two Worlds (Tehran, 1995) and Living in the Mirror: A Literary Perspective (Tehran, 2005). She is the Consulting Editor on Modern Persian Fiction to the Encyclopaedia Iranica to which she has contributed the article "Modern Fiction: History and Development."
Assistant Editor: Kioumars Ghereghlou (email@example.com)
Kioumars Ghereghlou has studied history and his research interests include the history of early modern Iran (1500-1900) and Persian and Indo-Persian historiography. Recently, he has published A Chronicle of the Reign of Shah ‘Abbas (Cambridge: E. J. W. Gibb Memorial Trust, 2015), a major Persian narrative source on the reign of Shah ‘Abbas (1587-1629) by Fazli Beg Khuzani Isfahani (fl. 1639).
Online Coordinator: Setti Razavi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.