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Loghat Namah of Dehkhoda

The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of the Persian Language

Availability: Out of stock
Published: 1995
Page #: 0
Size: 9 x 12
ISBN: 1-56859-038-5

Quick Overview

Written by Dehkhoda during thirty-five years of continuous work. The last chapter of Loghat Nameh’s first edition was published in 1981, fifty years after its first chapter. The entire series consisted of 222 chapters that took 26000 pages. The chapters included 342262 topics and 57547 expressions with documented refernces to the Persian literary texts. Whereas Loghat Nameh Dehkhoda is not an encyclopedia by definition, it contains lots of refrence articles on various subjects.
After Dehkhoda’s death the Iranian Parliament took over his work and in 1957 it entrusted the Department of Persian Language and Literature of the University of Tehran with the supervision over Loghat Nameh Dehkhoda. Dr. Mohammad Moin, a well-known university professor, who had co-authored Dehkhoda in his work over Loghat Nameh, was appointed Chairman of the Loghat Nameh Dehkhoda Institute while. Dr. Seyed Jafar Shahidi, a distinguished academician, was chosen Vice Chairman. Since Dr. Moin’s death in 1971, Dr. Shahidi has headed the Loghat Nameh Dehkhoda Institute. He also presides the International Institute of the Persian Language. For details on the history of the Loghat Nameh Dehkhoda Institute, please refer to the introductory chapter of Loghat Nameh Dehkhoda.

About this New Edition:
By the end of 1980, the last volume of this monumental work was published. The nearly 70 years of continuous effort to compile the work, and nearly 45 years to publish it, led to a multiplicity of problems with the first edition. Although these problems are small when compared to the original monumental task of bringing the work to print, the importance of the work and the place it occupies in the study of Persian language, literature and culture make it necessary to publish a second edition that eliminates these shortcomings.

In the new edition the entire work has been thoroughly edited and copy edited by a team of experts. The work has been typeset using the latest available Persian language typesetting machine. Each sentence has been checked and double checked for accuracy. Instead of being offered in individual fascicles, the work is now in bound volumes. Alphabetical order is carefully observed. Finally, the best possible paper stock for such works is used in the new edition. Known as the “Bible paper,” this is a very thin, but highly opaque paper that allows the ink to adhere to the surface without seeping through. Each volume holds approximately 1,500 pages of text, but does not exceed 3.5 centimeters in thickness and 1.5 kilograms in weight. As a result, the new edition is now available in 15 volumes.

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