Famous Iranian Writers

Find out more about the greatest Iranian Writers, including Rumi, Avicenna, Mehran Karimi Nasseri, Marjane Satrapi and Hafez.

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 1 Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 18, 1048
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nishapur, Khorasan, Iran
Died: December 4, 1131

Omar Khayyam was a Persian polymath, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, and poet. In the field of mathematics, he is best known for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equations. As an astronomer, he designed a solar calendar known as the Jalali calendar. His philosophical attitude towards life had elements of pessimism, nihilism, Epicureanism, and fatalism. 

 2 Al-Ghazālī

Al-Ghazālī
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 1058 AD
Birthplace: Ṭūs, Iran
Died: December 19, 1111
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 3 Hafez

Hafez
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1315 AD
Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran
Died: 1390 AD

 4 Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film producer, Poet, Film editor
Birthdate: June 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tehran
Died: July 4, 2016

 5 Shams Tabrizi

Shams Tabrizi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1185 AD
Birthplace: Tabriz, Iran
Died: 1248 AD

Shams Tabrizi was a Persian poet best remembered for playing an important role in the life of the popular poet and scholar, Rumi. Having served as a spiritual instructor of Rumi, Tabrizi is referenced with reverence in many of Rumi's poetic collection. An important historical figure in Iran, Tabrizi's tomb has been nominated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 6 Ismail I

Ismail I
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Famous As: sovereign, poet, writer
Birthdate: July 17, 1487
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ardabil
Died: May 23, 1524

 7 Ferdowsi

Ferdowsi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0940 AD
Birthplace: Tous, Iran
Died: 1020 AD
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 8 Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 9 Nizam al-Mulk

Nizam al-Mulk
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Famous As: scientist, writer
Birthdate: April 10, 1018
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 14, 1092

 10 Mohammad Khatami

Mohammad Khatami
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Famous As: Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer
Birthdate: September 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ardakan

 11 Attar of Nishapur

Attar of Nishapur
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1145 AD
Birthplace: Neyshabur, Iran
Died: March 31, 1221

 12 Sadegh Hedayat

Sadegh Hedayat
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: April 9, 1951

 13 Al-Hallaj

Al-Hallaj
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0858 AD
Birthplace: Fars Province, Iran
Died: March 26, 0922

 14 Fereydoon Batmanghelidj

Fereydoon Batmanghelidj
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Famous As: physician
Birthdate: 1931 AD
Birthplace: Tehran
Died: November 15, 2004

 15 Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi
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Famous As: Writer, Professor, Novelist, Literary critic
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 16 Nāṣer-e Khusraw

Nāṣer-e Khusraw
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Famous As: Persian author
Birthdate: 1004 AD
Birthplace: Qubādiyān, Iran
Died: 1088 AD

 17 Sohrab Sepehri

Sohrab Sepehri
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kashan
Died: April 21, 1980

 18 Ahmad Shamlu

Ahmad Shamlu
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tehrān, Iran
Died: July 24, 2000

 19 Abdolkarim Soroush

Abdolkarim Soroush
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Famous As: Thinker and Reformer
Birthdate: December 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tehran

Iranian philosopher Abdolkarim Soroush, a former professor of the University of Tehran and the Imam Khomeini International University, has also taught at top-notch institutes such as Harvard and Princeton. Named to Time 100, he believes in a reformist version of Islam, with its core values intact.

 20 Morteza Motahhari

Morteza Motahhari
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, Akhoond, Theologian
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fariman
Died: May 1, 1979

 21 Simin Daneshvar

Simin Daneshvar
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fasa, Iran
Died: March 8, 2012

 22 Safi-ad-din Ardabili

Safi-ad-din Ardabili
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1252 AD
Birthplace: Ardabil, Iran
Died: September 12, 1334

 23 Simin Behbahani

Simin Behbahani
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: August 19, 2014

 24 Baba Tahir

Baba Tahir
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hamadan, Iran

 25 Mohammad-Taqi Bahar

Mohammad-Taqi Bahar
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran
Died: April 22, 1951

 26 Muhammad ʿAli Jamalzadah

Muhammad ʿAli Jamalzadah
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran
Died: November 8, 1997

 27 Baha' al-din al-'Amili

Baha' al-din al-'Amili
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Famous As: islamic Scholar
Birthdate: February 18, 1547
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baalbek, Lebanon
Died: September 1, 1621

 28 Saib Tabrizi

Saib Tabrizi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1592 AD
Birthplace: Tabrīz, Iran
Died: 1676 AD

 29 Bozorg Alavi

Bozorg Alavi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tehrān, Iran
Died: February 18, 1997

 30 Forough Farrokhzad

Forough Farrokhzad
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Famous As: Poet, Film director, Writer
Birthdate: January 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tehran
Died: February 13, 1967

 31 Khosrow Sinai

Khosrow Sinai
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sari, Iran
Died: August 1, 2020

 32 Anvari

Anvari
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1126 AD
Birthplace: Abivard, Turkmenistan
Died: 1189 AD

 33 Badi' al-Zaman al-Hamadani

Badi' al-Zaman al-Hamadani
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Famous As: Man of letters
Birthdate: 0969 AD
Birthplace: Hamedan, Iran
Died: 1007 AD

 34 Hushang Golshiri

Hushang Golshiri
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Famous As: Fiction writer
Birthdate: March 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran
Died: June 6, 2000

 35 Fariborz Raisdana

Fariborz Raisdana
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: March 16, 2020

 36 Sadeq Chubak

Sadeq Chubak
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bandar Bushehr, Iran
Died: July 3, 1998

 37 Mahmoud Shabestari

Mahmoud Shabestari
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1288 AD
Birthplace: Shabestar, Iran
Died: 1340 AD

 38 Al-Sharif al-Jurjani

Al-Sharif al-Jurjani
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1339 AD
Birthplace: Gorgan, Iran
Died: 1414 AD

 39 Daqiqi

Daqiqi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0935 AD
Birthplace: Tous, Iran
Died: 0977 AD

 40 Magtymguly Pyragy

Magtymguly Pyragy
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 18, 1733
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hajji Qushan, Khorasan, Safavid Iran
Died: 1807 AD