Persian Wikipedia

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Web address
Commercial? No
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia
Registration Optional (required only for certain tasks such as editing protected pages, creating pages or uploading files)
Available in Persian
Users 432,381 (total registered, as of 28 August 2014)[1]
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
(most text also dual-licensed under GFDL)
Media licensing varies
Owner Wikimedia Foundation (non-profit)
Alexa rank

Iran: Decrease 12 (September 2014)[2]

Persian: 5 (September 2014)[3]

The Persian Wikipedia (Persian: ویکی‌پدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزادVikipedia, Daneshnameye Azad / "Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia") is the Persian language version of Wikipedia, spelled Vikipedia. The Persian version of Wikipedia was started in December 2003. It passed 1,000 articles on December 16, 2004 and 200,000 articles on July 10, 2012.

Number of articles[edit]

In January 2013, close to 50,000 new articles were added within a month. A few days later, on 19 February 2013, the Persian Wikipedia reached 300,000 articles, ranking it 18th among all Wikipedias based on number of articles.[4]

History of articles number:

  • December 2003, started
  • 30 October 2008, reached 50,000 articles
  • 25 August 2010, reached 100,000 articles
  • 9 July 2012, reached 200,000 articles
  • 19 February 2013, reached 300,000 articles
  • 18 July 2014, reached 400,000 articles[5]

Article depth[edit]

With article depth of 195, the Persian Wikipedia is currently ranked 5th among all Wikipedias based on article depth.[6]


In a November 2013 report published by the Center for Global Communication Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, researchers Collin Anderson and Nima Nazeri scanned 800,000 Persian language Wikipedia articles and found that the Iranian government blocks 963 of these pages. According to the authors, "Censors repeatedly targeted Wikipedia pages about government rivals, minority religious beliefs, and criticisms of the state, officials, and the police. Just under half of the blocked Wiki-pages are biographies, including pages about individuals the authorities have allegedly detained or killed."[7] Anderson said that Persian Wikipedia, as a microcosm of the Iranian internet, is a "useful place to uncover the types of online content forbidden and an excellent template to identify keyword blocking themes and filtering rules that apply across the greater internet."[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ List of Wikipedias. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Alexa - Top Sites in Iran". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Alexa - Top Sites in: All Categories > World > Persian". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  4. ^ List of Wikipedias. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  5. ^ List of Wikipedias/Table, Statistics at 12:00, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
  6. ^ List of Wikipedias. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  7. ^ Anderson, Colin; Nazeri, Nima (7 November 2013). "Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia" (PDF). Center for Global Communication Studies (University of Pennsylvania). 
  8. ^ "How Iran Uses Wikipedia To Censor The Internet". BuzzFeed. 12 November 2013. 

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