The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. It also includes scholarly articles related to the reciprocal influences between Persia and its neighbors, extending from pre-history to the present. The disciplines represented include: anthropology, archaeology, geography, art history, ethnology, sociology, economics, history of religion, philosophy, mysticism, history of science and medicine, Islamic history, botany, zoology, folklore, development of agriculture and industry, political science, international relations, and diplomatic history.
Fascicle 1 of Volume XVII (pp. 1-112) starts with the article on xv. The Babi-Bahai Community in Khorasan and ends with the entry on Khotan iii. History in the Islamic Period.The 112 new pages of the Encyclopædia Iranica project reflect the latest developments in the field of Iranian studies.