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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Abdul-Qadir Gilani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Iran
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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