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Encyclopaedia Iranica May 2006 Gala in San Francisco


San Francisco, CA - February 15, 2006   "Since 1999 a series of annual gala benefit dinners have been organized by Friends of the Encyclopaedia Iranica in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Long Island, London, and Houston. These have not only been prominent fundraising events and unique occasions to highlight the achievements of Iranians around the world, but have also served as a rallying point for Iranian communities living abroad," said Professor Ehsan Yarshater, the founding editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica project. He went on to say "The next fundraising gala for the Encyclopaedia Iranica will be held on May 13th, 2006 in San Francisco, California. I am pleased to announce that a group of prominent Iranian-American philanthropists of Northern California have joined together to undertake this grand event with Mrs. Maryam Rahimian serve as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee."  Professor Yarshater continued, "With a history dating back to 3000 B.C., the Iranian culture needs over 3,000 international scholars, and 35-40 volumes to tell its story." 



"The Encyclopaedia Iranica has always been very important to my family. The Rahimian family has been a supporter of the project ever since they learned about it. So when we were asked to organize the San Francisco Gala we regarded it as our duty and accepted it with pleasure." said Maryam Rahimian "Certainly we had to ask for help from our friends in the community, and everyone we have asked has offered his or her participation." She added. The current committee members are (in alphabetical order): Mr.Reza Abbaszadeh, Dr. Elahe Ensani, Mr. Shan Fazeli, Mr. Kamran Ghiasi, Mrs. Azadeh Hariri, Mrs. Fazilat Jalili, Mr. Salar Kamangar, Ms. Ziba Marashi, Ms. Akhtar Motamedi, Mr. Majid Rahimian, Mrs. Maryam Rahimian (Chair), Mr. Arash Rad, Mr. Mehdi Safipour, Ms. Sharzad Salour, Mrs. Homa Sarshar, and Mr. Saeed Shakeri."


About The Encyclopaedia Iranica:  - A Monument 3,000 Years in the Making


The Encyclopaedia Iranica is a project of Columbia University and is prepared for publication by its Center for Iranian Studies. It is the most extensive compendium ever conceived on the past and present cultures of the peoples who speak or spoke an Iranian language, and has been repeatedly called the "identity card" of the Iranian nation. Scholars have variously acclaimed it as, "a treasure-house of reliable information," "a work of monumental proportion," "an unprecedented undertaking," "the greatest scholarly project of the twentieth century in the field of the entire Near and Middle Eastern studies," and simply "a masterpiece."


The Encyclopedia Iranica aims at answering any pertinent question about Iran, from the biographies of notable figures in every field of endeavor to descriptions of cities and monuments, from oil installations to major financial institutions, from Zoroastrian scriptures to Jewish and Christian shrines to Islamic rituals, from Persian classics to modern novels and films, from mysticism to science. No aspect of Iranian culture is neglected.


The Encyclopaedia Iranica is published in Print as well as Online.   To date twelve Printed volumes have been published in alphabetical order. The Online program attempts to take advantage of the research and scholarship of Iranologists worldwide, before they become unavailable, and invites entries irrespective of alphabetical order.  This program has facilitated a more rapid progression for the Encyclopaedia, cutting two third of the time otherwise required for the completion of the project. . Among the most interesting or instructive articles, posted in our website are the articles on Mithra, Nowruz, the Sasanian dynasty, the Safavid dynasty, Satrapies of the Achaemenid empire, city of Kabul, the poet Sa'eb, the Sasanian king Shapur I, diplomatic and political history of the Caspian Sea in recent times, Mazandarani dialect, a series of articles on Manichean religion, complete coverage of the culture of Gilan from its arts and crafts to its special foods to its dialects, among other aspects of the culture, weights and measures in pre-Islamic Iran, and life and time of a number of outstanding Iranologists such as Speigel, Justi, Reichelt, Meillet, Bailey, Benveniste, Henning, among many others.


The Encyclopaedia Iranica has been partially supported, for 26 consecutive years, by the National Endowment for Humanities (USA), praised by the American Council of Learned Societies, and sponsored by the International Union of Academies.  However, the bulk of the financial support is provided by the individuals and organizations that are committed to the recording, preservation, and dissemination of Iranian heritage. 


The Encyclopaedia Iranica is a resource that no home or office of anyone interested in Persian art, literature, or science should be without.


Contact: Neda Rahimian


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