A LIFE DEDICATED TO IRAN's CULTURE: Dr. Ehsan Yarshater 90th Birthday Celebrated at ISIS (May 30th, 2010)


A LIFE DEDICATED TO IRAN's CULTURE: Dr. Ehsan Yarshater 90th Birthday Celebrated at ISIS (May 30th, 2010)
by Darius Kadivar

In celebration of the 90th birthday of renowned scholar and ISIS's first president, Dr. Ehsan Yarshater, during the 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Iranian Studies. The conference took place in Santa Monica, California on May 27-30,2010.

NOTE: Photo and Message of Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi The Encyclopaedia Iranica Gala, Columbia University May 5, 2007 (See Here)

An interview of Dr.Yarshater by Said Mehravar a Few years ago In Berlin:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Fardad Farahzad Interview wth Dr.Yarshater - BBC PERSIAN:

Encyclopaedia Iranica,Video:

Encyclopeadia Iranica:


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by humanbeing on

i understand your point. i am sure you agree that there is room for both tracks, the wiki/internet track, AND the university (also a form of virtual reality) and popular in-the-flesh education and practical tracks.

i for one would learn and know a lot less without the aid of enc.iran. online, and without iranian.com, etc.

at the same time, if specialists will not be groomed, university departments, sunday schools, international conferences, archeological digs, translation projects, live perfomances etc. will not be promoted and sponsored, the culture may be recorded online in a freezeframe but will grow only in that one mode, without its complementary dimensions of research, critical analysis, praxis, and education in a live setting.


Darius Kadivar

Valid Points Bruce !

by Darius Kadivar on

Agreed !

Sad But True ...Such a vast amount of information needs to be put online. Although I believe that Iranica was indeed planning to do that at some point. Personally I don't have enough information in this regard.


Encyclopedias are out. Wikipedias are in.

by bahmani on

Nothing against the good Dr's efforts, but passion can often be obsession in disguise. Clearly Yarshater is one or the other. I would however suggest that the work be published in a Wiki format so that reasonable analysis by ALL experts (not the ones selectively vetted by Iranica) can be allowed to review and if necessary dispute the history of Iran that is being published or selectively presented to Iranians. Keeping this work secret and mysteriously incomplete while racking up tremendous fund raising for it, smells funny. Open up the project via Wiki and let's get on with it. Neither Dr. Y nor we have much time left.


and poetic vision

by humanbeing on

to quote a part of dk's favourite quotation: "a country that loses its poetic vision is a country that faces death".

i am sure if one looks not only in us ivy league, but deep within iran today there are mentors and figures and practitioners of culture whom yarshater could recruit to inspire and groom a new generation of academics to continue this labour of love as ben ross aptly  calls it.

here iranian studies are losing university backing. i got an email last week that the expert on elamite and old persian is retiring and because of admin. considerations, next year is the last year these courses will be taught anywhere in the country -- at his home. this at a time when there is a growing thirst locally to study the languages and culture.


I heard one of the major

by benross on

I heard one of the major problems of the project -beside the usual financial one- is that Yaarshaater can not find a vastly knowledgeable and prolific person like himself to carry on the torch... and love.


stuck on the beginning of the letter I, and going strong!

by humanbeing on

in our library, the volume of beginning of letter i, before 'iskandar', but amazing nevertheless. thanks for letting me know the online version is further ahead. top quality encyclopedias take time to ripen. yarshater has spearheaded many other amazing projects,that even amateurs such as myself have come upon, e.g. the translation of tabari's history with annotations and intros (as well as the middle persian dictionary project, if i am not mistaken).

Mohammad Ala

Thanks for this post.

by Mohammad Ala on

Thanks for this post kako.

We plan to honor Dr. Yarshater next year and present him with the achievement Award.

Sargord Pirouz

Isn't Iranica stuck on the

by Sargord Pirouz on

Isn't Iranica stuck on the letter "L"? (I haven't checked lately)



by Majid on

Ditto benross


Encyclopedia Iranica will remain a masterpiece of a few

by MM on

dedicated lovers of Iranian culture like Prof. Yarshater (//www.iranica.com/).  Thanks Doc.

Editorial Staff: //www.iranica.com/pages/editors

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The true meaning of 'labour of love'

by benross on

Thanks DK.