Encyclopaedia Iranica Online

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Editor-in-Chief: Elton Daniel
Associate Editors: Mohsen Ashtiany, Mahnaz Moazami
Managing Editor: Marie McCrone


Encyclopaedia Iranica is the most renowned reference work in the field of Iran studies. Founded by the late Professor Ehsan Yarshater and edited at the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, this monumental international project brings together the scholarship about Iran of thousands of authors around the world.

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Editor-in-Chief: Elton Daniel
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 a visiting position at the University of Chicago (1980-81) and research fellowships in London, Oxford, Paris, Leiden, Cairo, 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.

Associate Editor: Mohsen Ashtiany
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 four-volume Literature: A World History, ed. David Damrosch et al. (2013). An annotated translation of Beyhaqi’s Tarikh-e Mas’udi, carried out in collaboration with Professor C. E. Bosworth, was published in three volumes in 2011.

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 (2 vols., 2016).

Managing Editor: Marie McCrone
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, various NGOs, think tanks, and non-profits.