This very short and superficial article would probably not have found place in our columns, would it not have invited specialists of Iranian studies around the world to revisit the admitted categories of area studies, and to participate in the elaboration of an upcoming “Atlas of Iranian Languages” with collaboration of specialists from the Caucasus and Central Asia: a further illustration of Iran’s ambition to play the role of an alternative coordinator at the scale of the region, and of its lack of means for embarking on such an undertaking.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-1.2.C-50