Written on the occasion of the celebrations of the 35 years of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, this article in fact consists of a short evocation of some research avenues in Zoroastrian and Persian Gnosticism. Though the project implemented by Ehsan Yarshater is called here “the largest encyclopaedia of any specific world culture,” the author does not notice its focusing on the territory of present-day Iran (characterised by the adoption of a transcription system inspired by the vocalisation of Persian as it is spoken in Tehran), nor its very weak interest in Central Asian and Caucasian matters, at least in the first volumes of the collection. A paradox indeed, since present-day Iran’s most notable contribution to the Encyclopaedia Iranica has been the publication and the relatively wide diffusion of a pirate edition of it.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-1.3.C-64