Persian NACO Manual
Choice of Entry for Classical Authors
The choices of entry element for Persian classical authors remain the
same as for Arabic classical authors. The main entry element may be any
of the various elements of a name -- khitab, kunyah, ism, patronymic,
laqab, or nisbah. "Determine this from reference sources" (22.22B1). If
the author is very well known or if the classical person is not an
author, reference sources such as the Encyclopaedia Iranica,
Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia Britannica may be consulted and
their data (dates, etc.) quoted in headings as they appear. In general,
consult at least one reference source aside from the piece in hand as
- If the author is found in Fihrist-i mustanad, choose the
element(s) in the entry-heading as the main heading entry element.
- If the author is not found in Fihrist-i mustanad, consult Storey
or any other reference source. If the author is not found in any
other reference source than Fihrist-i mustanad, use the entry element(s)
as found and provide references as appropriate.
- If the author is not found in any reference sources, choose as the
main heading entry element a surname in the following order:
- Phrases marked ma'ruf bih, mashhur bih, etc.
- Any unusual surname (not derived from a place name or madhhab).
- A surname derived from a place name (Isfahani).
- A surname derived from a madhab (Shafii)
- If there are no surname elements present, enter under the ism and
father-patronymic in direct order.
Note: In citing a second or
third reference source, quote the name in full.