Persian NACO Manual
Choice of entry element for classical authors
The 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), keeping in mind that the piece in hand is a reference source, though a low-ranking one as regards choice of entry element.
If the author is very well-known, or if the classical person is not an author, reference sources such as the Encyclopedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Encyclopaedia Iranica, etc. may be consulted and their data (dates, etc.) quoted in headings as they appear. Otherwise, consult at least one reference source aside from the piece in hand as follows:
Note: In citing a second or third reference source, quote the name in full.
- If the author is found in Fihrist-i mustanad, choose the element(s) in the entry-heading as the entry element.
- If the author is not found in Fihrist-i mustanad, consult Storey or any other reference source. If the author is found in any source othern 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 entry element a surname in this order:
- phrases marked maruf bih, mashhur bih, etc.
- any unusual surname (i.e., not derived froma place-name or a madhhab)
- a surname derived from a place-name (i.e., Isfahani)
- a surname derived from a madhhab (i.e., Shafii)
If there are no surnames, choose the element(s) following the ism and father-patronymic, if any (i.e. Ibn al-Lamish in Ahmad ibn Ali ibn al-Lamish). If there are no such elements, enter the ism and father-patronymic in direct order.