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List of famous writers from Iran, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Iran is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Iranian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Iran and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Iranian writers?" and "Which writers are from Iran?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Iran in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Iran, but they're all of Iran descent.

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Doris Lessing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
Died at 94 (1919-2013) 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

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Porochista Khakpour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 40 Porochista Khakpour is an Iranian American novelist, essayist and writer.

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Abbas Kiarostami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 78 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

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Barbet Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 77 Barbet Schroeder is a Swiss-born French film director and producer who started his career in French cinema in the 1960s, working together with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques ...more

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Avicenna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
Died at 57 (980-1037) 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

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Kayvan Novak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 40 Kayvan Novak is a British–Iranian actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is best known for co-creating and starring in the comedy series Fonejacker from 2006 to 2007 with a one-off in 2012. He is ...more

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Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 53 Rosie Malek-Yonan is an actress, author, director, public figure and activist.

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Parviz Sayyad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 79 Parviz Sayyād is a highly famed actor of Iranian cinema. His first film, the comedic Hasan Kachal, or "Hasan the Bald", is well remembered. He gained more fame starring in one of the ...more

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 61 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

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Jafar Panahi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 58 Jafar Panahi is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an ...more

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Omar Khayyám is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
Died at 83 (1048-1131) 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

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Robert Hossein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 91 Robert Hossein is a French film actor, director, and writer of Azerbaijani and Jewish origin. He directed the 1982 adaption of Les Misérables, and appeared in Vice and Virtue, Le Casse, ...more

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Bahman Ghobadi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 49 Bahman Ghobadi is an Iranian film director of Kurdish ethnicity. He was born on February 1, 1969 in Baneh, Kurdistan province. Ghobadi belongs to the "new wave" of Iranian cinema.

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Asghar Farhadi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 46 Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. For his work as a director, he has received a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, among many ...more

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Majid Majidi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 59 Majid Majidi is an Iranian film director, film producer, and screenwriter. Majidi's films have touched on many themes and genres and he has won many international awards.

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Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 61 Shirin Neshat is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York City. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.

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Lotfi A. Zadeh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 97 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

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Fereydoon Hoveyda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
Died at 82 (1924-2006) Fereydoon Hoveyda was an Iranian diplomat, writer and thinker. He was the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 until 1979.

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Daryush Shokof is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 64 Daryush Shokof is an Iranian artist, philosopher, film director, writer, and film producer. He was born in Tehran, Iran, but lives in Germany. Daryush Shokof was Born in 1954 in Tehran, Iran. He ...more

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Marjane Satrapi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 49 Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author.

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Ashk Dahlén is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 46

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Mani Haghighi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 49 Mani Haghighi is an Iranian filmmaker, screen writer and actor. He is the grandson of the writer and filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan.

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Ramin Bahrani is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 43 Ramin Bahrani is an American director and screenwriter. Film critic Roger Ebert listed Bahrani's film Chop Shop as the 6th best film of the decade and hailed Bahrani as "the director of the ...more

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Samira Makhmalbaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 38 Samira Makhmalbaf is an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and script writer. She is the daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the film director and writer. Samira Makhmalbaf is considered to ...more

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Maryam Keshavarz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 43 Maryam Keshavarz is an Iranian-American filmmaker best known for her 2011 film Circumstance distributed by Participant Media and Roadside Attractions, which won the Audience Award at Sundance ...more

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Dariush Mehrjui is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 79 Dariush Mehrju'i, also spelled as Mehrjui, Mehrjoui, and Mehrjuyi, is an Iranian director, screenwriter, producer, and film editor. Mehrjui was a founding member of the Iranian New Wave movement ...more

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Susan Taslimi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 68 Susan Taslimi is an Iranian actress, film director, theatre director, and screenwriter. She emigrated from Iran in 1989, now living and working in Sweden.

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Philippe Blasband is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 54 Philippe Blasband is a filmmaker and a writer in French language from Belgium. He lives currently in Brussels. Among other well-known films, Philippe Blasband directed the movie ...more

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Mohammad Rasoulof is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 46 Mohammad Rasoulof is a film director.

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Mark Amin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
Mark Amin age 65 Mohammed Mark Amin Sobini, known professionally as Mark Amin, is an Iranian American motion picture producer, distributor and writer who has been working in independent and mainstream cinema for ...more

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Hossein Amini is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 52 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

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Rakhshan Bani Etemad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 64 Rakhshān Bani-E'temād is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. She is widely considered Iran's premier female director, and her films have been ...more

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Arash T. Riahi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 46 Arash T. Riahi is a film director and screenwriter.

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Mahmoud Shoolizadeh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 59 Mahmoud Shoolizadeh is an Iranian film director and screenwriter, and has been the recipient of several awards, including Best Film for, Noora, at the 49th Taormina International Film Festival, ...more

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Alexis Kouros is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 57 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

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Mary Apick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 64 Mary Apick is an Iranian-Armenian actress. She won the award for Best Actress at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival for her role in the 1977 film Dead End.

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Mania Akbari is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 44 Mania Akbari is an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, actress, artist and writer whose works mostly deal with themes of sexual identity, women, marriage, abortion, infidelity and ...more

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Niki Karimi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 47 Niki Karimi is an Iranian actress, director, and screenwriter.

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Amir Naderi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 72 Amir Naderi is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He is best known for The Runner and Vegas: Based on a True Story.

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Rafi Pitts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 51 Rafi Pitts is an Iranian film director.

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Amir Mokri is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 62 Amir M. Mokri is an Iranian cinematographer known for his work on such films as Man of Steel and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Mokri was born in Iran and emigrated to the United States in ...more

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Massy Tadjedin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 40 Massy Tadjedin is an Iranian-American screenwriter.

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Tahmineh Milani is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 58 Tahmineh Milāni is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Milani was born 1960 in Tabriz, Iran. She is the wife of the Iranian actor and producer Mohammad Nikbin.

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Roxana Saberi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 41 Roxana Saberi is a freelance journalist.

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Arian Moayed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 38 Arian Moayed is an Iranian-born American actor and theater producer. Moayed received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2011 for his performance as Musa in Bengal Tiger ...more

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Cassandra Clare is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 45 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.

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Al-Biruni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
Died at 75 (973-1048) 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

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Hana Makhmalbaf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 30 Hana Makhmalbaf is an Iranian filmmaker. She is the younger sister of filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf and daughter of filmmakers Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Makhmalbaf.

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Bahman Farmanara is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 76 Bahman Farmanara is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Bahman Farmanara is the second son in a family of four brothers and one sister. The family business was Textile and ...more

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Tanaz Eshaghian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Iran
age 44 Tanaz Eshaghian is an Iranian-American documentary filmmaker.