The Center for Iranian Studies has been active in the publication of several series, including the Tabari Translation Project, the Modern Persian Literature Series, the Persian Art Series and the Persian Text Series.
Ehsan Yarshater, General Editor
Persian Heritage Series. Consisting of the translations of Persian classics in major Western languages and Japanese, most of these volumes are among the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. The series was originally supported by UNESCO and the Royal Institute for Translation and Publication of Persia. Now it is supported by private funds. So far, 40 volumes have been published in this series under the general editorship of Ehsan Yarshater.
Persian Studies Series. This series is a vehicle for the publication of scholarly monographs in Iranian studies. 21 volumes have been published in this series.
Persian Heritage Foundation. Volumes published in this category will be illustrated studies on diverse topics in the history of Persian art both ancient and Islamic.
Modern Persian Literature Series. This series consists of translations of contemporary (20th Century) Persian writing. So far, nine volumes have been published in this series.
Columbia Lectures in Iranian Studies. This lecture series was founded in 1980. The mostly annual lectures consist of three to five lectures given by an established scholar in the field of Iranian studies, later elaborated and published in book form. So far, eleven lecture series have been given and nine volumes have been published.
Persian Art Series. This series consists of studies on Persian art and architecture. Two volumes have been published so far.
Persian Text Series. Earlier, 48 volumes of critical texts were published under the general editorship of Ehsan Yarshater in a series by this name. A new series was started by him under this title several years ago as a continuation of the work done earlier. The first work in this new series is the definitive edition of the Shahnameh, the 10th century Persian national epic by Ferdowsi, and edited by J. Khaleghi-Motlagh of the University of Hamburg.
Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series (SOAS). The Yarshater Lectures at SOAS are sponsored by the Persian Heritage Foundation. It is a series of academic lectures dedicated to Iranian Art and Culture, which will be published as a book. The lectures and publications carry the name of Professor Ehsan Yarshater in recognition of his scholarly achievements.
Ehsan Yarshater Distinguished Lecture Series (Harvard University). This no longer exists, but it was basically similar to the Lecture Series at SOAS and UCLA.
Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series (UCLA). The Biennial Yarshater Lecture Series in Iranian Studies at UCLA have been established by a generous endowment of the Persian Heritage Foundation to honor the prodigious contributions of Professor Ehsan Yarshater to the field of Iranian Studies; and in recognition of UCLA's eminence in that field.
Conférences d’Études Iraniennes Ehsan et Latifeh Yarshater (Paris, France). France was established in 2000 by a generous endowment of the Persian Heritage Foundation (New York) with the concours of Collège de France, and Mondes iranien et indien. Each series consists of five lectures, studying an aspect of Iranian culture under different angles.
Extracts from The Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volumes in this collection concern with entries, which have previously appeared in volumes of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, each on a specific subject.
Tabari Translation Project. This concerns the translation and annotation of al-Tabari's 10th century universal History in 40 volumes.
The History of Beyhaqi Series. This project was sponsored by the Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University through National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant funding. This series includes three volumes.
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Attar, Farid al-Din. Muslim Saints and Mystics, tr. A. J. Arberry, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1966; reprint (paper) 1973, 1976, 1979, 1983; by the Penguin Group, 1990.
Nizâmi Ganjavi. Le Roman de Chosroès et Chirine, tr. Henri Massé, Paris: Maisonneuve and Larose, 1970.
Rumi, Jalal al-Din. Mystical Poems of Rumi, tr. A. J. Arberry, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1968; reprint (paper) 1989.
Varavini. The Tales of Marzuban, tr. R. Levy, Indiana University Press, 1959; reprint 1968.
Ṭūsī, Naṣīr al-Dīn. The Nasirean Ethics, tr. G. M. Wickens, London: George Allen & Unwin, 1964.
Nezami. Le Sette Principesse, tr. A. Bausani, Rome: Leonardo da Vinci, 1967.
Ferdowsi. The Epic of the Kings, abridged tr. by R. Levy, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, University of Chicago Press, 1967; reprint 1973, 1985, 2011; by the Penguin Group, 1990; by Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, CA, 1996.
Aruzi, Nizami. Les quatre discours, tr. I. de Gastines, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 1968.
Anonymous. The Letter of Tansar, tr. by M. Boyce, Rome: IsMEO, 1968.
Rashid al-Din. The Successors of Genghis Khan, tr. J. A. Boyle, New York: Columbia University Press, 1971.
Mohammad Ibn Ibrahim. The Ship of Sulaiman, tr. J. O’Kane, New York: Columbia University Press, 1972.
Faramarz. Samak-e Ayyar, tr. by F. Razavi, Paris: G.-P. Maisonneuve et Larose, 1972.
Avicenna. The Metaphysica of Avicenna (Ibn Sina), tr. P. Morewedge, New York: Columbia University Press, 1973.
Fakhr ud-Dīn Gurgānī. Vis and Ramin, tr. G. Morrison, New York: Columbia University Press, 1972.
Fasa’I, H. History of Persia under Qajar Rule, tr. H. Busse, New York: Columbia University Press, 1972.
Aturpat-e Emetan. Denkart III, tr. J. de Menasce, Paris: Librairie C. Klincksieck, 1973.
Sa’di. Bustan, tr. G. M. Wickens, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974.
Hekmat, F. Folk Tales of Ancient Persia, retold by F. Hekmat with the collaboration of Y. Lovelock, Delmar, NY: Caravan Books and Bibliotheca Persica, 1974.
Bighami, M. Love and War: Advantures from the Firuz Shah Nama of Sheikh Bighami, tr. W. Hanaway, Jr., Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimile and Reprints, 1974.
Anon. The History of Sistan, tr. M. Gold, Rome: IsMEO, 1977.
Khayyam. The Rubaiyat of Umar Khayyam, tr. P. Kasra, Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimile & Reprints, 1977.
Manichaen Literature: Representative Texts Chiefly from Middle Persian and Parthian Writings, tr. J.P. Asmussen, Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimile & Reprints, 1974.
Rumi. Mystical Poems of Rumi, II, tr. A. J. Arberry, Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1979; reprint (paper), University of Chicago Press, 1991.
Rumi. Le livre du dedans, tr. E. de Vitray-Meyerovitch, Paris: Editions Sindbad, 1975.
Rumi. Licht und Reigen, tr. J. Ch. Bürgel, Bern: Herbert Lang Verlag, 1974.
Samarkandi. Le livre des sept vizirs, tr. D. Bogdanovic, Paris: Editions Sindbad, 1976.
Eskandar Monshi. The History of Shah Abbas the Great, 3 vols., tr. R. M. Savory, Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1978-1986.
Attar. Ilahi-Nama, tr. J. A. Boyle, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1976.
Hafez. Divan (Hafizu-Shishu -in Japanese), tr. T. Kuroyanagi, Tokyo: Heibosha Ltd, 1977.
Anon. Iskandarnamah, tr. M. Southgate, New York: Columbia University Press, 1978.
Nizam al-Mulk. The Book of Government or Rules for Kings, revised tr. H. Darke, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1978.
Nezami. Khosrau and Shirin (in Japanese), tr. E. Okada, Tokyo: Heibosha Ltd., 1977.
Aturpat-i Emetan. The Wisdom of the Sasanian Sages (Denkard VI), tr. Sh. Shaked, Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1979.
Razi, Najm al-Din. The Path of God’s Bondsmen: From Origin to Return (Mersad al-ebad), tr. H. Algar, Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1980.
Naser-e Khosrow. Travelogue (Safarnama), tr. by W. Thackston, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1985.
Nizami. Chosrou und Schirin, tr. by J. Ch. Bürgel, Zurich: Manesse Verlag, 1980.
Nizami. Das Alexanderbuch, tr. by J. Ch. Bürgel, Zurich: Manesse Verlag, 1991.
Ebn-e Monavvar, M. The Secrets of God’s Mystical Oneness or The Spiritual Stations of Shaikh Abu Sa’id (Asrar al-Towhid), tr. J. O’Kane, Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1992.
Perikhanian, Anahit. The Book of One Thousand Judgments.A Sasanian Law Book, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1997.
Khayyam, Omar. Khayyam the Mathematician, tr. with commentary and annotations by R. Rashed and B. Vahabzadeh, Bibliotheca Persica Press: New York, 2000.
Bausani, Alessandro, Religion in Iran. From Zoroaster to Bah’ullah, tr. by J. M. Marchesi, New York, Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.
Levy, Reuben. An Introduction to Persian Literature, New York: Columbia University Press, 1969.
Dashti, Ali. In Search of Omar Khayyam, tr. L. P. Elwell-Sutton, London: George Allen and Unwin, 1971.
Pearson, James. A Bibliography of Pre-Islamic Persia, London: Mansell Information and Publishing, 1975.
Brunner, Christopher J. A Syntax of Western Middle Iranian, Delmar, NY: Caravan Books, 1977.
Yohannan, John D. Persian Poetry in England and America, Delmar, NY: Caravan Books, 1977.
Bürgel, J. Ch. Drei Hafis-Studien, Bern: Herbert Lang Verlag, 1975.
Tabataba’i, M. H. Shi’ite Islam, tr. by S. H. Nasr, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1975.
Rosenthal, F., et al. Biruni: A Symposium, Yarshater, E. and D. Bishop, eds., New York: Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University, 1976.
Bosworth, C. E. The Later Ghaznavids: Splendour and Decay, New York and Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press and Columbia University Press, 1977.
Schimmel, Annemarie. The Triumphal Sun: A Study of the Works of Jalaladdin Rumi, London: Fine Books, 1978; reprint, SUNY Press, 1993
McDermott, M. J. The Theology of al-Shaikh al-Mufid, Beirut: Dar el-Machreq, 1978.
Yohannan, John. The Poet Sa’di: A Persian Humanist, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America and Bibliotheca Persica, 1987.
Perry, John R. Form and Meaning in Persian Vocabulary. The Arabic Feminine Ending, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1991.
Mills, Margaret A. Rhetorics and Politics in Traditional Afghan Storytelling, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
Bournoutian, George A. The Khanate of Erevan under Qajar Rule, 1795-1828, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1992.
Lazard, Gilbert. A Grammar of Contemporary Persian, tr. Sh. A. Lyon, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1992
Birashk, Ahmad. A Comparative Calendar of the Iranian, Muslim Lunar, and Christian Eras for Three Thousand Years (1260 B.H. - 2000 A.H./639 B.C. - 2621 A.D), Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1993.
Knörzer, Jutta. E. Ali Dashti’s Prison Days: Life Under Reza Shah, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1994.
Floor, Willem. A Fiscal History of Iran in the Safavid and Qajar Periods 1500-1925, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 1998.
Ebady, Shirin. History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran, tr. N. Fathi, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.
Mahdjoub, M. J. (Ed.) Ayin Javanmardi or Fotowwat, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.
Schmitt, Rüdiger. Selected Onomastic Writings, W. Briedbach and Ph. Huyse, Eds., New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.Rose, Jenny. The Image of Zoroaster, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.
G. Reza Garosi: The Colossal Statue of Shapur I in the Context of Sasanian Sculptures. New York: Persian Heritage Foundation (2012).
(translations of contemporary Persian writings)
An Anthology of Modern Persian Poetry, tr. A. Karimi-Hakkak, Delmar, NY: Caravan Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1978.
Hedayat, Sadeq. Sadeq Hedayat: An Anthology, E.Yarshater, Ed., Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1979.
Ale-Ahmad, Jalal. Plagued by the West, tr. P. Sprachman, Delmar, NY: Caravan Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1981.
Farrokhzad, Forough. Bride of Acacias: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, tr. J. Kessler and A. Banani, Delmar, NY: Caravan Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1982.
Jamalzadeh, Mohammad Ali. Once Upon A Time, tr. H. Moayyad, and P. Sprachman, New York: Bibliotheca Persica, 1985.
Sholevar, Bahman. The Night’s Journey and The Coming of the Messiah, tr. by the author, Philadelphia: Concourse Press, 1984.
Beyza’i, B., Sa’edi, Gh. H., Na’albandian, A. Modern Persian Drama. An Anthology, tr. by G. Kapuscinsky, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America and Bibliotheca Persica, 1987.Alavi, Bozorg. Her Eyes, tr. J. O’Kane, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America and Bibliotheca Persica, 1989.
Sadeqi, Bahram. Malakut and Other Stories, tr. Kaveh Basmenji, Maryland: Ibex Publishers, 2012.
Bailey, Sir Harold. The Culture of the Sakas in Ancient Iranian Khotan, Delmar, NY: Caravan Books and Biblotheca Persica, 1982.
Lambton, Ann K.S. Continuity and Change in Medieval Persia: Aspects of Administrative, Economic, and Social History, 11th-14th Century, Albany: SUNY Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1986. British edition, London: I. B. Tauris & Co., 1988
Yarshater, Ehsan (ed.) Persian Literature, Albany: SUNY Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1988.
Madelung, Wilferd. Religious Trends in Early Islamic Iran, Albany, NY: Persian Heritage Foundation, 1988.
Schimmel, Annemarie. A Two-Colored Brocade. The Imagery of Persian Poetry (no. 5), Chapel Hill and London, University of North Carolina Press, 1992.
Dandamayev, Muhammd. A. Iranians in Achaemenid Babylonia, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1992.
Boyce, Mary. Zoroastrianism. Its Antiquity and Constant Vigour, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1992.
Bosworth, C. E. The History of the Saffarids of Sistan and the Maliks of Nimruz (247/861 to 949/1542-3), Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1994.
Perikhanian, Anahit. The Book of One Thousand Judgments. A Sasanian Law Book, tr. N. Garsoïan, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1997.
Highlights of Persian Art (no. 1), R. Ettinghausen, and E. Yarshater, eds., Delmar, NY: Caravan Press and Bibliotheca Persica, 1979.
Komaroff, Linda. The Golden Disk of Heaven. Metalwork of Timurid Iran (no. 2), Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1992.
(critical editions of Persian texts)
Ferdowsi. The Shahnameh (New Series, no. 1), critical edition by Djalal Khaleghi-Motlagh, Costa Mesa and New York: Mazda Publishers and Bibliotheca Persica, 1990.
Khaleghi-Motlagh, Djalal. Notes to the Shahnameh, volume 1 (in two parts), New York, Bibliotheca Persica, 2002.
Zakani, Obayd. Collected Works, (New Series, no. 2), critical edition by M. J. Mahdjoub, Bibliotheca Persica, 1999.
Marshak, Boris. Legends, Tales, and Fables in the Art of Sogdiana, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2002.
Harper, Prudence O. In Search of a Cultural Identity, New York: Bibliotheca Persica, 2006.
Adamova, Adel. Medieval Persian Painting, New York: Persian Heritage Foundation, 2008.O’Kane, Bernard. The Appearance of Persian on Islamic Art, New York: Persian Heritage Foundation, 2009.
Tafazzoli, Ahmad. Sasanian Society: I. Warriors II. Scribes III. Dehqans, New York, Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.Bulliet, Richard W., Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran. A Moment in World History, New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.
Bivar, A. D. H. The Personalities of Mithra in Archeology and Literature, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 1998.
Gnoli, Gherardo, Zoroaster in History, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.
Davis, Dick. Panthea’s Children: Hellenistic Novels and Medieval Persian Romances, New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2002.
Subtelny, Maria E., Le Monde Est Un Jardin. Aspects de l’Histoire Culturelle de l’Iran Médiéval, Paris: Association Pour L’Avancement Des Études Iraniennes, 2002.
Wiesehöfer, Josef, Iraniens, Grecs et Romans. Paris: Association Pour L’Avancement Des Études Iraniennes, 2005.
Bernardini, Michele, Mémoire et Propagande à L’Époque Timouride, Paris: Association Pour L’Avancement Des Études Iraniennes, 2008.
Krasnowolska, Anna, Mythes, Croyances Populaires et Symbolique Animale Dans La Littérature Persane, Paris: Association Pour L’Avancement Des Études Iraniennes, 2012.
The History of Medicine in Iran, New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, 2004.
Jewish Community of Iran, edited by Houman M. Sarshar, New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, 2011.
Gilān. Entries on Gilān published by the Encyclopædia Iranica, edited by Christian Bromberger, New York & Tehran: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation & Institut Français de Recherche en Iran, 2013.
Tabari. History (Tarikh al-rusul wa’l-muluk), translated and annotated by a number of scholars in 39 volumes. All volumes in this series have been published by SUNY Press. Below is a list of volumes, titles and translator-annotators:
Volume I, General Introduction and From Creation to the Flood, Franz Rosenthal
Volume II, Prophets and Patriarchs, William M. Brinner
Volume III, The Children of Israel, William M. Brinner
Volume IV, The Ancient Kingdoms, Moshe Perlmann
Volume V, The Sasanians, C. E. Bosworth
Volume VI, Muhammad at Mecca, W. Montgomery Watt and M. V. McDonald
Volume VII, Foundation of the Community, W. Montgomery Watt and M. V. McDonald
Volume VIII, The Victory of Islam, Michael Fishbein
Volume IX, The Last Years of the Prophet, A.D. 630-632/A.H. 8-11, Ismail K. Poonawala
Volume X, The Conquest of Arabia, A.D. 632-633/A.H. 11, Fred M. Donner
Volume XI, The Challenge to the Empires, Khalid Y. Blankinship
Volume XII, The Battle of al-Qadisiyyah and the Conquest of Syria and Palestine, Yohanan Friedmann
Volume XIII, The Conquest of Iraq, Southwestern Persia and Egypt, Gautier H. A. Juynboll
Volume XIV, The Conquest of Iran, A. D. 641-643/A.H. 21-23, G. Rex Smith
Volume XV, The Crisis of the Early Caliphate, A.D. 644-656/A.H. 24-35, R. Stephen Humphreys
Volume XVI, The Community Divided: The Caliphate of Ali I, A.D. 656-657/A.H. 35-36, Adrian Brockett
Volume XVII, The First Civil War: From the Battle of Siffin to the Death of Ali, A.D. 656-661/A.H. 36-40, G. R. Hawting
Volume XVIII, Between Civil Wars: The Caliphate of Mu’awiyah, A.D. 661-680/A.H. 40-60, Michael G. Morony
Volume XIX, The Caliphate of Yazid b. Mu’wiyah, A.D. 680-683/A.H. 60-64, I.K.A. Howard
Volume XX, The Collapse of Sufyanid Authority and the Coming of the Marwanids: The Caliphates of Mu’awiyah II and Marwan I and the Beginning of The Caliphate of Abd al-Malik A.D. 683-685/A.H. 64-66, G. R. Hawting
Volume XXI, The Victory of the Marwanids, A.D. 685-693/A.H. 66-73, Michael Fishbein
Volume XXII, The Marwanid Restoration: The Caliphate of Abd al-Malik, A.D. 693-701/A. H. 74-81, Everett K. Rowson
Volume XXIII, The Zenith of the Marwanid House: The Last Years of Abd al-Malik and The Caliphate of Al-Walid, A.D. 700-715/A.H. 81-96, Martin Hinds
Volume XXIV, The Empire in Transition: The Caliphates of Sulayman, Umar, and Yazid, A.D. 715-724/A.H. 97-105, David S. Powers
Volume XXV, The End of Expansion: The Caliphate of Hisham, A.D. 724-738/A.H. 105-120, Khalid Y. Blankinship
Volume XXVI, The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate: Prelude to Revolution, A.D. 738-745/A.H. 121-127, Carole Hillenbrand
Volume XXVII, The Abbasid Revolution, A.D. 743-750/A.H. 126-132, John Alden Williams
Volume XXVIII, Abbasid Authority Affirmed: The Early Years of al-Mansur, A.D. 753-763/A.H. 136-145, Jane Dammen McAuliffe
Volume XXIX, Al-Mansur and al-Mahdi, A.D. 763-786/A.H. 146-169, Hugh Kennedy
Volume XXX, The Abbasid Caliphate in Equilibrium: The Caliphates of Musa Al-Hadi and Harun Al-Rashid, A.D. 785-809/A.H. 169-193, C. E. Bosworth
Volume XXXI, The War Between Brothers: The Caliphate of Muhammad Al-Amin, A.D. 809-813/A.H. 193-198, Michael Fishbein
Volume XXXII, The Reunification of the Abbasid Caliphate: The Caliphate of Al-Ma’mun, A.D. 812-833/A.H. 198-213, C. E. Bosworth
Volume XXXIII, Storm and Stress along the Northern Frontiers of the Abbasid Caliphate: The Caliphate of Al-Mu’tasim, A.D. 833-842/A.H. 218-227, C. E. Bosworth
Volume XXXIV, Incipient Decline: The Caliphates of Al-Wathiq, Al-Mutawakkil, and Al-Muntasir, A.D. 841-863/A.H. 227-248, Joel L. Kraemer
Volume XXXV, The Crisis of the Abbasid Caliphate: The Caliphates of Al-Musta’in and Al-Mu’tazz, A.D. 862-869/A.H. 248-255, George Saliba
Volume XXXVI, The Revolt of the Zanj, A.D. 869-879/A.H. 255-265, David Waines
Volume XXXVII, The Abbasid Recovery: The War Against The Zanj Ends, A.D. 879-893/A.H. 266-279, Phillip Fields
Volume XXXVIII, The Return of the Caliphate to Baghdad: The Caliphates of Al-Mu’tadid, Al-Muktafiand, Al-Muqtadir, A.D. 892-915/A.H. 279-302, Franz Rosenthal
Volume XXXIX, Obituaries and Genealogies, Ella Landau-Tasseron
Volume XL, Index to Tabari Translation Series
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Abu'l-Fażl Beyhaqi's monumental history of the reign of Sultan Mas'ud of Ghazna (1030-1041) translated with a detailed commentary by C. E. Bosworth and revised by Mohsen Ashtiany was published in September 2011 under the auspices of the Center for Iranian Studies (Columbia University), the Center for Hellenistic Studies (Harvard University), and the Ilex Foundation. It was distributed by Harvard University Press in three volumes:
Abu'l Fażl Beyhaqi, a secretary at the court of a number of Ghaznavid rulers in Iran and Afghanistan, was an acute commentator on his age, the early medieval period. The surviving volumes of his massive historical project, covering the years 1030-41, display wry humor as well as erudition in the sciences and literature of the time. By a deft manipulation of different styles, and timely introduction of the authorial voice as a framing device to induce a sense of heightened drama, Beyhaqi describes the fall of the great notables at the court of a doomed king. Each episode retains its inner cohesion while the incremental repetition of one sudden fall after another brings a momentum of its own, leading inexorably, like a deadly game of chess, to checkmate and the downfall of the remover of the pawns, the perfidious monarch himself. There are already a number of articles and books in Western languages analyzing different aspects of his art, but this is the first complete translation of the extant volumes with a detailed commentary and glossary.
C. Edmund Bosworth is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was, until his retirement, Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester, and for almost thirty years British Editor of the second edition of the Encylopaedia of Islam. He is the author of many books on different aspects of Middle Eastern culture and history. A collection of some of his articles has been published in three volumes in the Variorum Collected Studies series.
Mohsen Ashtiany is an associate research scholar at Columbia University, a Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History and an editor at the Encyclopaedia Iranica. He is also a member of the editorial board of A History of Persian Literature project, and the editor of one of its forthcoming volumes.