The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of the writers of the 1978 edition of Iran: A Country Study, edited by Richard F. Nyrop. Their work provided general background for the present volume.
The authors are grateful to individuals in various government agencies and private institutions who gave of their time, research materials, and expertise to the production of this book. The authors also wish to thank members of the Federal Research Division staff who contributed directly to the preparation of the manuscript. These people included Thomas Collelo, the substantive reviewer of all the graphic and textual material; Richard F. Nyrop, who reviewed all drafts and served as liaison with the sponsoring agency; Marilyn L. Majeska, who edited chapters; and Martha E. Hopkins, who edited chapters and managed editing and book production.
Also involved in preparing the text were editorial assistants Barbara Edgerton, Nerissa Dixon, Monica Shimmin, and Izella Watson; Vincent Ercolano and Ruth Nieland, who edited chapters; Carolyn Hinton, who performed the prepublication editorial review; and Shirley Kessell of Communicators Connection, who compiled the index.
Graphics were prepared by David P. Cabitto, assisted by Sandra K. Cotugno. Harriett R. Blood and Kimberly A. Lord reviewed the map drafts, and Greenhorne and O'Mara prepared the final maps. Special thanks are owed to Theresa E. Kamp, who designed the cover artwork and the illustrations on the title page of each chapter. Diann Johnson, of the Library of Congress Composing Unit, prepared the camera-ready copy under the supervision of Peggy Pixley.
The authors would like to thank several individuals who provided research and operational support. Afaf S. McGowan obtained photographs, Rhonda E. Boris assisted in editorial research, and Gwendolyn B. Batts performed word-processing.
Finally, the authors acknowledge the generosity of the many individuals and public and private agencies who allowed their photographs to be used in this study.