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Famous Authors from Iran

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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  • Jila' al-Khatir, Revelations of the unseen

    BirthplaceIran, Mazandaran Province, Eurasia, Amol County, Amol

    Birthdate1077

    NationalityIran

    ʿAbd al-Qādir Gīlānī, (Persian: عبدالقادر گیلانی‎, formally Muḥyī l-Dīn Abū Muḥammad b. Abū Sālih ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Gīlānī al-Ḥasanī wa'l-Ḥusaynī (Arabic: عبدالقادر الجيلاني‎, Turkish: Abdülkâdir  ...more
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    Reza Baraheni

    Kīmiyā va khāk, Muṣībatī zīr-i āftāb

    BirthplaceIran, Azerbaijan, Eurasia, East Azerbaijan Province, Tabriz

    Birthdate1935

    NationalityIran

    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 the  ...more
  • From Natural Language to Soft Computing: New Paradigms in Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy Sets

    BirthplaceBaku, Azerbaijan

    Birthdate1921-02-04

    NationalityIran, Azerbaijan, United States of America

    Lotfi Aliasker Zadeh (; Azerbaijani: Lütfəli Rəhim oğlu Ələsgərzadə; Persian: لطفی علی‌عسگرزاده‎; February 4, 1921 – September 6, 2017) was a mathematician, computer scientist, electrical engineer,  ...more
  • Gavariban, Ruzgar-i siparishudah-i mardum-i salkhvurdah

    BirthplaceIran, Sabzevar, Eurasia

    Birthdate1940

    NationalityIran

    Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (Persian: محمود دولت‌آبادی‎, Mahmud Dowlatâbâdi) (born 1 August 1940 in Dowlatabad, Sabzevar) is an Iranian writer and actor, known for his promotion of social and artistic  ...more
  • 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

    Birthdate1968-01-01

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    Mostafa Ronaghi (Persian: مصطفی رونقی‎) (born 1968) is an Iranian molecular biologist, specializing in DNA sequencing methodology. He earned his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden  ...more
  • City of Bones, Clockwork Princess

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Birthdate1973

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    Judith Lewis (née Rumelt, born July 27, 1973), 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.  ...more
  • The blindfold horse, Three journeys in the Levant

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Birthdate1935-12-24

    NationalityIran, United Kingdom, England

    Shushā Guppy (Persian: شوشا (شمسی) گوپی‎; née Shamsi Assār (شمسی عصار); 24 December 1935 – 21 March 2008) was a writer, editor and, under the name of "Shusha", a singer of Persian and Western folk  ...more
  • My Father's Notebook, Le Voyage des bouteilles vides

    BirthplaceArak, Iran

    Birthdate1954

    NationalityIran, Netherlands

    Hossein Sadjadi Ghaemmaghami Farahani (Persian: حسین سجادی قائم‌مقامی فراهانی‎; born 12 December 1954 in Arak, Iran), better known by his pen name Kader Abdolah (Persian: قادر عبدالله‎), is a  ...more
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    Nossrat Peseschkian

    Wenn du willst, was du noch nie gehabt hast

    BirthplaceIran, Eurasia, Isfahan Province, Kashan

    Birthdate1933

    NationalityIran

    Nossrat Peseschkian (Persian: نصرت پزشکیان‎; June 18, 1933 – April 27, 2010) lived in Germany since 1954. He was a specialist in neurology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine.  ...more
  • The Dynamics Of Race And Gender, Women

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Birthdate1944-05-21

    NationalityIran, United Kingdom

    Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar, (Persian: هاله افشار‎; born 21 May 1944) is a British professor in politics and women's studies at the University of York, England and a life peer in the House of  ...more
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    Saadi

    Bustan, Gulistan

    BirthplaceShiraz, Iran

    Birthdate1210-01-01

    NationalityIran

    Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī (Persian: ابومحمد مصلح‌الدین بن عبدالله شیرازی‎), better known by his pen-name Saadi (سعدی Saʿdī(Sa'di )), also known as Saadi of Shiraz (سعدی شیرازی  ...more
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    Samad Behrangi

    The Little Black Fish, The tale of the little black fish

    BirthplaceTabriz, Iran

    Birthdate1939-06-24

    NationalityIran

    Samad Behrangi (June 24, 1939 – August 31, 1967) was an Iranian (Tabrizli) teacher, social critic, folklorist, translator, and short story writer. He is famous for his children's books, particularly  ...more
  • Bahrām Beyzāie (also spelt Beizai, Beyza'i, Persian: بهرام بیضائی‎, born 26 December 1938) is a critically and popularly acclaimed filmmaker, playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, film editor,  ...more
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Birthdate1972-05-03

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    Reza Aslan (Persian: رضا اصلان‎, IPA: [ˈɾezɒː æsˈlɒːn]; born May 3, 1972) is an Iranian-American scholar of religious studies, writer, and television host. He has written three books on religion: No  ...more
  • The Captive, Another Birth

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Birthdate1935-01-05

    NationalityIran

    Forough Farrokhzad (Forugh Farrokhzad) (Persian: فروغ فرخزاد‎; December 29, 1934 – February 13, 1967) was an influential Iranian poet and film director. She was a controversial modernist poet and an  ...more
  • Alimam Alsadiq, Ruh Altawhid

    BirthplaceMashhad, Iran

    Birthdate1939-07-17

    NationalityIran

    Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای‎, pronounced [ʔæˈliː hosejˈniː xɒːmeneˈʔiː] (listen); born 19 April 1939) is a Twelver Shia Marja' and the second and current Supreme  ...more
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    Valentine M. Moghadam

    From Patriarchy to Empowerment, Gender and National Identity

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Birthdate1952

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    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
  • Touba and the meaning of night

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Birthdate1946

    NationalityIran

    Shahrnush Parsipur (Persian: شهرنوش پارسی پور‎; born February 17, 1946) is an Iranian writer.  ...more
  • Your Body's Many Cries for Water, Water Cures: Drugs Kill

    BirthplaceIran

    Birthdate1931-01-01

    NationalityIran

    Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (1930 or 1931 – November 15, 2004) was an Iranian writer. He is best known for his book, Your Body's Many Cries for Water, and his writings related to health and wellness.  ...more
  • Journey from the Land of No

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Birthdate1966-01-01

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    Roya Hakakian (Persian: رویا حکاکیان‎; born 1966) is a poet, journalist and writer. Born in Iran, she came to the United States as a refugee and is now a naturalized citizen.  ...more
  • Large eddy simulation of incompressible turbulent channel flow

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Birthdate1952-10-23

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    Parviz Moin (Persian: پرویز معین‎ Parviz Mo'in born October 23, 1952, Tehran, Iran) is a fluid dynamicist. He is the Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at  ...more
  • Recasting Persian poetry

    BirthplaceMashhad, Iran

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (Persian: احمد کریمی حکاک‎, born in Mashhad, Iran) is a Persian literary figure and Iranist.  ...more
  • The dastgah concept in Persian music

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Birthdate1929

    NationalityIran

    Hormoz Farhat (Persian: هرمز فرهت‎, born 9 August, 1930) is a Persian-American composer, ethnomusicologist and emeritus professor of music, a fellow of Trinity College, Dublin.  ...more
  • Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran, Gozashteh va Ayandeh

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Birthdate1960-10-31

    NationalityIran, United States of America

    Reza Pahlavi (born 31 October 1960) is the oldest son of Iranian Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his wife Farah Diba. Prior to the Iranian Revolution in 1979, he was the crown prince and the last heir  ...more
  • Houshang Golshiri (Persian: هوشنگ گلشیری‎ ; March 16, 1938 – June 6, 2000) was an Iranian fiction writer, critic and editor. He was one of the first Iranian writers to use modern literary  ...more