FAQs

What is the Encyclopædia Iranica?

Encyclopædia Iranica is a multi-volume, multi-disciplinary work designed to provide a detailed and accurate picture of an important world civilization over a span of several thousand years. It is the most extensive compendium ever conceived on the past and present culture of the Iranian peoples and their contribution to the broader history of human civilization. 

In what language is the Encyclopædia published?

The Encyclopædia Iranica is published in English, in order to make it accessible to the widest possible readership in the world, no less than to educated Iranians. A projected Persian translation is envisaged once the Encyclopædia has been published in its entirety.

Who sponsors Encyclopædia Iranica?

The Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation was established in 1990. It is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public foundation, registered in New York (tax identification number 13-3636524). The Foundation's main purpose is to promote the cause of Encyclopaedia Iranica and assure its continuation as a scholarly and vibrant data  bank dealing with all aspects of Iranian culture and history in its widest temporal and spatial context. The Foundation has established an endowment fund to support the Encyclopaedia project, and it funds the vast majority of Encyclopaedia Iranica project cost. Even though the Foundation’s charter empowers the Foundation to carry out the Encyclopaedia Iranica project independently, in practice the project has been administered by a team of editors and staff members at the Center for Iranian Studies of Columbia University. In the past, the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) has provided grants to support the project, and has classified the Encyclopaedia Iranica as a “major project”. Except for the first three years, however, these NEH grants have always required raising matching funds to supplement them. In addition to the grants from NEH, which ended in 2016, several institutions and individuals have contributed and continue to contribute to the funding of the Encyclopaedia Iranica project. The need however is ever-present, and all who value the completion of the Encyclopaedia Iranica should consider assisting it with their donations.

How objective is Encyclopædia Iranica?

Encyclopaedia Iranica is a non-partisan, non-political, non-religious, non-ideological and entirely independent compendium of objective, documented and reliable information that has drawn on the expertise of first-rate scholars world-wide from major universities and academies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Who would find the Encyclopædia useful?

Students, scholars, and educated readers; in brief, all those who are eager to learn more about Iranian peoples and their cultures will find the Encyclopædia an indispensable source of information. Iranians brought up abroad will find it particularly useful for learning about their cultural heritage.

How many volumes have been published?

Thus far, fourteen volumes and half of volume XV have been published in the print edition; and over 800 articles through the letter Z have been posted on-line out of alphabetical turn.

Why is the Encyclopædia so detailed?

The long history of Iranian peoples and their important contributions to world culture make it incumbent upon the Encyclopaedia Iranica to do justice to the full scope of available information. As such, articles are as detailed as possible to ensure a level of comprehensiveness appropriate for scholarly research.

How can one purchase printed volumes?

You can order the printed volumes from our distributor, Eisenbrauns, either online or by contacting them at the following address:

Eisenbrauns Inc.
P.O. Box 275
Winona Lake, IN 46590-0275
Phone: (574) 269-2011
Fax: (574) 269-6788

How can I support the Encyclopaedia Iranica?

You can support the Encyclopaedia by making regular donations by check, credit card, or by donating securities to the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation registered in the State of New York (450 Riverside Drive, Suite no. 4, New York, NY 10027). You can also help by subscribing to the Encyclopaedia yourself and by encouraging your friends and local public and school libraries to do the same.

You may also elect to bequeath in your will a portion of your estate to the Foundation.

If you would like to support the Encyclopaedia Iranica financially, please contact:

Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, Inc.
 2472 Broadway # 237, 
 New York, NY 10025

All contributions to the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent permitted by law.