One of the activities of the Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia is the compilation of The Encyclopaedia of Great Tehran, the third volume of which is dedicated to Tehran and has been recently released by the CGIE press.
CGIE: One of the activities of the Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia is the compilation of The Encyclopaedia of Great Tehran, the third volume of which is dedicated to Tehran and has been recently released by the CGIE press.
The first part of this encyclopaedia was published in two volumes, and it was focused on Shemirānāt, and the second part is dedicated to Tehran. In this work, the geographical area of Tehran includes the urban fabric of the metropolis of Tehran, which is not located in the historical regions of Shemirān, Kan, and Rey. Although today the villages of these three areas form neighborhoods of the metropolis of Tehran, their related entries are partly compiled in separate sections of the work, entitled Shemirān, Kan, and, Rey to emphasize their independent historical identity. Therefore, in The Encyclopaedia of Great Tehran, the geographical area of Tehran includes 11, 12, 13, and 14 districts and parts of 2, 6, 7, 8, and 10 districts of Tehran Municipality, which in fact corresponds to the area between the historical fence and trench of Tehran in the Nāser ed-din Shah era, with the surrounding villages.
The Encyclopaedia of Great Tehran is a detailed and specialized reference with a comprehensive credible view on all aspects of the material and spiritual life of Greater Tehran. The rapid developments of Tehran in the past few decades, predominantly after the Islamic Revolution and the widespread migration to Tehran, have drastically transformed the face of this city. These severe changes in Tehran are to the extent that its atmosphere a few decades ago can merely be sought in the sayings of the elderly people. Therefore, the Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia decided to compile a detailed and specialized encyclopaedia on the subject of Greater Tehran to record the changing identity of Tehran for future generations. What is presently called the metropolis of Tehran or Greater Tehran is the result of the physical expansion of Tehran, especially from the 1340s HS onwards. Examining the censuses of 1335, 1345, and 1355 HS reveals that during these two decades, 108 villages were merged in the metropolis of Tehran and turned into its neighborhoods. These villages were parts of the three regions of Shemirān, Kan, and Rey, which before the 1340s HS were separated from Tehran and had their own cultural and economic characteristics. Consequently, recording the identity of these areas, the entries of The Encyclopaedia of Great Tehran will be compiled in three sections (Shemirān, Tehran, and Rey) in alphabetical order. It is expected to have about 10,000 entries, addressing a variety of topics on the political, social, and cultural life of Greater Tehran, especially over the past 200 years.
The third volume of The Encyclopaedia of Great Tehran includes 357 entries in 550 pages and has been published in 500 copies by the CGIE press.
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