September 3, 2018

Remembering Ehsan Yarshater

NIAC mourns the passing of Professor Ehsan Yarshater, one of the most eminent scholars of Iranian history, language, and culture of our era. Professor Yarshater devoted his life to the study of Iran and his immense contributions belong not only to the Iranian community, but to the world. While his legacy will live on at Columbia University’s Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies, the gap he leaves in Iranian studies can never be filled.

An academic in the truest sense of the word, Professor Yarshater was unwavering in his dedication to impartiality and objectivity. Among his lasting works will be the Encyclopædia Iranica, an authoritative study of Iranian civilization that relies on the expertise of leading scholars and accurate documentation. It represents a monumental academic feat to which generations of students will remain in Professor Yarshater’s debt.

NIAC will also remember Professor Yashater for his generous spirit as a longtime member and supporter. Those of us who knew him cherish our luck to have been in his presence. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and loved ones.

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