Authors Famous Authors from Iran

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List of the most popular authors from Iran, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Iranian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Iranian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Avicenna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Avicenna Tisʻ rasāyil fī al-ḥikmah wa-al-ṭabīʻīyāt, Dafʻ al-maḍārr al-kullīyah ʻan al-abdān al-insānīyah, Ishārāt wa-al-tanbīhāt Avicenna Arabic: أبو علي الحسين ابن عبد الله ابن سينا‍; c. 980 – June 1037) was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. ...more

Abbas Kiarostami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Abbas Kiarostami Walking with the wind Abbas Kiarostami is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and ...more

Doris Lessing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook, The Grass Is Singing, Shikasta Doris May Lessing CH was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels include The Grass is Singing, the sequence of five novels collectively ...more

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Mohsen Makhmalbaf Notes about Storywriting and Playwriting, The Cyclist, The Crystal Garden Mohsen Makhmalbaf is an Iranian film director, writer, film editor, and producer. He has made more than 20 feature films, won some 50 awards and been a jury in more than 15 major film festivals. ...more

Fereydoon Hoveyda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Fereydoon Hoveyda Les nuits féodales, Les miroirs du Mollah, Dans une terre étrange Fereydoon Hoveyda was an Iranian diplomat, writer and thinker. He was the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 until 1979.

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi A treatise on the small-pox and measles, The Experimentation of Medical Science and its Application, Royal Medicine Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī, was a Persian polymath, physician, alchemist and chemist, philosopher and important figure in the history of medicine. A comprehensive thinker, Razi made fundamental ...more

Omar Khayyám is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Omar Khayyám Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Omar Khayyām, The second version of the translations by Edward FitzGerald from Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Omar Khayyám; born Ghiyāth ad-Dīn Abu'l-Fatḥ ʿUmar ibn Ibrāhīm al-Khayyām Nīshāpūrī, was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, ...more

Ali Shariati is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Ali Shariati Fatemeh Is Fatemeh, Shariati on Shariati and the Muslim Woman: Who Was Ali Shariati? for Muslim Women, A Message to the Enlightened Thinkers Ali Shariati was an Iranian revolutionary and sociologist, who focused on the sociology of religion. He is held as one of the most influential Iranian intellectuals of the 20th century and has ...more

Ferdowsi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Ferdowsi Shahnameh, The Tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam from the Persian National Epic, the Shahname of Abol-Qasem Ferdowsi Hakim Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi, or Firdawsi, was a highly revered Persian poet and the author of the epic of Shahnameh, which is the world's longest epic poetry created by a single poet, and ...more

Ahmad Shamlou is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Ahmad Shamlou Dar jidal ba khamushi, Darbarah-i hunar va adabiyat, Madayih-i bi silah Ahmad Shamloo was a Persian poet, writer, and journalist. Shamlou was arguably the most influential poet of modern Iran. His initial poetry was influenced by and in the tradition of Nima ...more

Marjane Satrapi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Marjane Satrapi Persepolis, The Complete Persepolis, Poulet aux prunes Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author.

Al-Biruni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Al-Biruni The Remaining Signs of Past Centuries, Critical study of what India says, whether accepted by reason or refused Abū al-Rayhān Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Bīrūnī, known as Al-Biruni in English, was a Persian Muslim scholar and polymath from the Khwarezm region. Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest ...more

Hafez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Hafez Divan-e-Hafez, Dīvān-i Ḥafiẓ, The poems of Hafez Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī, known by his pen name Hāfez, was a Persian poet who "laud[ed] the joys of love and wine [but] also targeted religious hypocrisy". His ...more

Gholam-Hossein Saedi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Gholam-Hossein Saedi Telex Iran, Vay bar maghlub, Zahhak Gholām-Hossein Sā'edi MD was a prolific Iranian writer. He has published over forty books, representing his talents in the fiction genres of drama, the novel, the screenplay, and the short story ...more

Ashk Dahlén is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Ashk Dahlén Islamic law, epistemology and modernity

Ali Javan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Ali Javan Study of infrared and visible gas lasers Ali Javan is an Iranian-American physicist and inventor at MIT. His main contributions to science have been in the fields of quantum physics and spectroscopy. He co-invented the gas laser in ...more

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Answer to History, به سوی تمدن بزرگ, انقلاب سفید Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was the king of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Islamic Revolution on 11 February 1979. He took the title Shāhanshāh on 26 October 1967. He was ...more

Hossein Amini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Hossein Amini Snow White and the Huntsman Hossein Amini is an Iranian-British screenwriter and film director. Amini has worked as a screenwriter since the early 1990s. He was nominated for numerous awards for the 1997 film The Wings of ...more

Sadegh Hedayat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Sadegh Hedayat The Blind Owl, The Pearl Cannon, L' abîme Sadegh Hedayat was an Iranian writer, translator and intellectual. He is one of the earliest Iranian writers who adopted literary modernism in their career.

Farah Diba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Farah Diba An Enduring Love: My Life with the Shah Farah Pahlavi is the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and as such the former Queen of Iran.

Nasir al-Din Tusi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Nasir al-Din Tusi Ilkhanic Tables, A Treatise on the Astrolabe, The Attributes of the Noble Khawaja Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Hasan Tūsī, better known as Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsī, was a Persian polymath and prolific writer: An architect, astronomer, biologist, chemist, mathematician, ...more

Alexis Kouros is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Alexis Kouros Children of Gondwana Alexis Kouros is an Iranian-Finnish writer, documentary-maker, director and producer. His first book, Gondwana's Children, won the Finlandia Junior award in 1997. His first film was the 2000 ...more

Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing, On the Calculation with Hindu Numerals, Maʿrifat al-samt min qibal al-irtifāʿ Abū ‘Abdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, formerly Latinized as Algoritmi or Algaurizin, was a Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer during the Abbasid Caliphate, a scholar in the ...more

Masoumeh Ebtekar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Masoumeh Ebtekar Takeover in Tehran Massoumeh Ebtekar is a Politician and Journalist.

Simin Daneshvar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Simin Daneshvar Sarban-e Sargardan, Jazirah-i Sargardani, Savushun Simin Dāneshvar ‎ was an Iranian academic, novelist, fiction writer and translator, largely regarded as the first major Iranian woman novelist. Daneshvar had a number of firsts to her credit. In ...more

Abdul-Qadir Gilani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Abdul-Qadir Gilani Jila' al-Khatir, Revelations of the unseen, Sufficient provision for seekers of the path of truth Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani Arabic: عبد القادر الجيلاني‎; Persian: عبد القادر گیلانی‎, Turkish: Abdülkâdir Geylânî, Kurdish: Evdilqadirê Geylanî, Urdu: عبد القادر ...more

Reza Baraheni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Reza Baraheni Kīmiyā va khāk, Muṣībatī zīr-i āftāb, Junūn-i nivishtan Reza Baraheni, is an ethnic Azeri, an exiled Iranian novelist, poet, critic, and political activist. Former president of PEN Canada, Baraheni lives in Toronto, Canada, where he used to teach at ...more

Lotfi A. Zadeh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Lotfi A. Zadeh From Natural Language to Soft Computing: New Paradigms in Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy Sets, The Calculus of Fuzzy If/Then Rules Lotfali Askar Zadeh, better known as Lotfi A. Zadeh, is a mathematician, electrical engineer, computer scientist, artificial intelligence researcher and professor emeritus of computer science at ...more

Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Mahmoud Dowlatabadi Gavariban, Ruzgar-i siparishudah-i mardum-i salkhvurdah, Safr Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is an Iranian writer and actor, known for his promotion of social and artistic freedom in contemporary Iran and his realist depictions of rural life, drawn from personal ...more

Mostafa Ronaghi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Mostafa Ronaghi Prediction of protein orientation upon immobilization on biological and nonbiological surfaces, A High-Resolution Low-Power Incremental Sigma Delta ADC With Extended Range for Biosensor Arrays, Rapid and selective extraction Mostafa Ronaghi is an Iranian molecular biologist, specializing in DNA sequencing methodology. He earned his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 1998. As of 2008, he is the ...more

Cassandra Clare is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Cassandra Clare City of Bones, Clockwork Princess, Clockwork Angel Judith Rumelt, better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, is an American author of young adult fiction, best known for her bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

Shusha Guppy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Shusha Guppy The blindfold horse, Three journeys in the Levant, The Secret of Laughter Shushā Guppy, née Shamsi Assār, was a writer, editor and, under the name of "Shusha", a singer of Persian and Western folk songs. She had lived in London since the mid-1960s.

Kader Abdolah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Kader Abdolah My Father's Notebook, Le Voyage des bouteilles vides, De reis van de lege flessen Kader Abdolah is a Persian–Dutch writer, poet and columnist. He has written books and many articles in Dutch and is known for using Persian literary items in his Dutch works. He regularly ...more

Nossrat Peseschkian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Nossrat Peseschkian Wenn du willst, was du noch nie gehabt hast, dann tu Nossrat Peseschkian lived in Germany since 1954. He was a specialist in neurology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine. Peseschkian founded Positive Psychotherapy in 1968, based ...more

Haleh Afshar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Haleh Afshar The Dynamics Of Race And Gender, Women, Poverty Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar OBE FAcSS is a British professor and a life peer in the House of Lords. She is a prominent Muslim feminist, and characterises herself as a Socialist and a Shi'a ...more

Saadi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Saadi Bustan, Gulistan Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, Saadi Shirazi, better known by his pen-name Saʿdī or simply Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets and literary men of the medieval period. He ...more

Samad Behrangi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Samad Behrangi The Little Black Fish, The tale of the little black fish, Kūrʹūghlū va Kuchul Ḥamzah Samad Behrangi was an Azerbiajanian Turkish teacher, social critic, folklorist, translator, and short story writer of Azeri extraction in Iran. He is famous for his children's books, ...more

Bahram Bayzai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Bahram Bayzai Bahrām Beyzāi is a critically acclaimed Iranian film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film editor, producer, and researcher. Bahram Beyzai is the son of the poet Ostād ...more

Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Reza Aslan No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of religious studies and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of American Academy of ...more

Forough Farrokhzad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Forough Farrokhzad The Captive, Another Birth, Rebrllion Forugh Farrokhzad was an Iranian poet and film director. Forugh Farrokhzad is arguably one of Iran's most influential female poets of the twentieth century. She was a controversial modernist ...more

Ali Khamenei is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Ali Khamenei Alimam Alsadiq, Ruh Altawhid, Alfahm Alsahih Lil din Ali Hosseini Khamenei is the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran and a Muslim Cleric. Ali Khamenei succeeded Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian Revolution, after Khomeini's ...more

Valentine M. Moghadam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Valentine M. Moghadam From Patriarchy to Empowerment, Gender and National Identity, Patriarchy and Economic Development Valentine Moghadam is a feminist scholar, sociologist, activist, and author, whose work focuses on women in development, globalization, feminist networks, and female employment in the Middle ...more

Shahrnush Parsipur is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Shahrnush Parsipur Touba and the meaning of night Shahrnush Parsipur is an Iranian novelist. She is the daughter of an attorney in the Iranian Justice Ministry originally from Shiraz.

Fereydoon Batmanghelidj is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Fereydoon Batmanghelidj Your Body's Many Cries for Water, Water Cures: Drugs Kill, ABC of Asthma Fereydoon Batmanghelidj was born in Tehran, Iran. He is best known for his book, Your Body's Many Cries for Water, and his writings related to health and wellness.

Roya Hakakian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Roya Hakakian Journey from the Land of No Roya Hakakian; born 1966 in Iran is an Iranian-American poet, journalist and writer living in the United States. A lauded Persian poet turned television producer with programs like 60 Minutes, ...more

Parviz Moin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Parviz Moin Large eddy simulation of incompressible turbulent channel flow Parviz Moin is a fluid dynamicist. He is the Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Moin has been listed as an ISI Highly Cited author in ...more

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Recasting Persian poetry Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is a Persian literary figure and Iranist.

Hormoz Farhat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Hormoz Farhat The dastgah concept in Persian music Hormoz Farhat Born 1929 Tehran, is a composer, ethnomusicologist and Emeritus Professor of Music, Dublin University, Trinity College and a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. He received a BA in ...more

Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Reza Pahlavi Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran, Gozashteh va Ayandeh, IRAN: L’Heure du Choix Reza Pahlavi is the last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran and current head of the House of Pahlavi. He is the older son of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Shahbanu Farah ...more

Houshang Golshiri is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
Houshang Golshiri Houshang Golshiri was an Iranian fiction writer, critic and editor. He was one of the first Iranian writers to use modern literary techniques, and is recognized as one of the most influential ...more