The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies is the foremost academic research center in Iranian studies in the United States with an active publication program.
Ehsan Yarshater was a towering figure in the field of Iranian studies. His life was single-mindedly devoted to promoting a wider knowledge and a profound understanding of Iranian civilization. The scope of Professor Yarshater’s career was expansive, spanning teaching, research, publication, public engagement, philanthropy, and much more.
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The Encyclopaedia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in all aspects from prehistory to the present.
Persian literature is the jewel in the crown of Persian culture. It has profoundly influenced the literatures of Ottoman Turkey, Muslim India and Turkic Central Asia and been a source of inspiration for Goethe, Emerson, Matthew Arnold and Jorge Luis Borges among others. Yet Persian literature has never received the attention it truly deserves.