Majid Samii, the world-famous Iranian medical scientist, has been named by World Academy of Neurological Surgery as the world’s top neurosurgeon.

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Iranian Professor Majid Samii Golden Neuron Award World's top neurosurgeon Iranian Professor Majid Samii Golden Neuron Award World’s top neurosurgeon

The world-renowned Iranian scientist in neurological surgery Professor Majid Samii has garnered the 2014 Golden Neuron Award.

The award was announced during a ceremony held at the biannual meeting of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery in Vienna on October 11.

Many leading scientists and neurological surgery scholars have flocked to the biannual meeting that kicked off on October 9 and will run until October 12.

Iranian neurosurgeon and medical scientist, Professor Samii, had earlier received the 2014 Leibniz Ring Prize in Berlin.

Prof. Samii is renowned worldwide for his life trajectory and especially for his work in the Project Africa 100.

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Iranian actor Peyman Moaadi – lead male role in Oscar-winning “A Separation” now male lead in US production Camp X-Ray

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The lead male role in Oscar-winning A Separation, Peyman Moaadi has made male lead again, this time in a US-produced movie, titled Camp X-Ray.

The movie has been credited for moving performances by both of the stars.

Peter Sattler’s directorial debut, Camp X-Ray premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is due for US screening on October 17.

Moaadi started his acting career in director Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009). Two years later, he received the Silver Bear award for Best Actor from the Berlin International Film Festival for his leading role in Farhadi’s A Separation. The latter flick saw him doing justice to the character of a father in a family faced with a difficult decision – to move to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent.

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Professor Fazlollah Reza -Highly awarded scientist

He was one of the first graduates from Tehran University who majored in Electrical Engineering.
In 1945, he completed his master’s degree in Columbia University in the United States and received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University of New York.
Professor Reza has been a member of Electrical Engineers Group in the school of engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, United States, as well as a visiting professor in many great universities of the world, including MTI, Syracuse in Colorado, United States, Sorbonne University in France, McGill and Concordia Universities in Canada, Zurich Polytechnic Institute in Swiss, and Royal University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
Additionally, he has won many different medals and numerous honor certificates from institutions in North America, Europe, and Iran. At present, he is a member in educational and research institutions such as I.E.E., I.E.E.E, and A.A.AS.A.M.S.
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Tar virtuoso Jalil Shahnaz

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Jalili Shahnaz was born in 1921 in Isfahan, Persia (Iran). Shahnaz studied under the supervision of Abdolhossein Shahnazi and Hossein Shahnaz and befriended ney player Hassan Kassai.[2]

Persian classical vocalist Shajarian named his most recent musical group “Shahnaz” in honor of Masetro Shahnaz.[4]

Jalil Shahnaz died in Tehran on 17 June 2013.


  • “Atr Afshan” (tar solo, accompanied by Mohammad Esmaeili, tombak).
  • “Zaban-e tar” (tar solo, accompanied by Jahangir Malek, tombak).
  • “15 Pieces for Tar & Setar” (transcribed by Houshang Zarif). Soroud Publications, Tehran, 2000.

Here is what Shajarian said about him on his commemoration ceremony

“I am glad to come together here again and to talk with the language of heart,” Shajarian said.

“I have been living with the voice of Shahnaz’s tar for years. When he performs it is as if he tells a story. All the motifs and words of his…

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Roya Beheshti Zavareh – Associate Professor of Mathematics, winner of multiple important grants and honors

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Roya Beheshti Zavareh Roya Beheshti Zavareh

Born: 1977, Esfahan, Iran
Citizenship: Iranian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1999-2003
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Johan de Jong
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
B.S. in Mathematics, 1995-1999
Research Interests
Algebraic geometry
Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013 – present.
Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007 – 2013.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Complementary Program), MSRI, Berkeley, 2006 – 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 2004 – 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut fur Mathematik, Bonn, Germany, 2003 – 2004
National Science Foundation, DMS1204567, 07/2012-06/2015
Simons Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians, 2011-2016
AWM travel grant, June 2010
Fund for Scholarly and Professional Development (2006), Queen’s University
Rosenblith Fellowship, Department of Mathematics, MIT, 2000
Liberty Mutual Fellowship, Department of Mathematics, MIT, 1999
International Olympiad in Informatics (Netherlands 1995), bronze medal
International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong 1994), silver medal

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Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival

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Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido.

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival

Tales is composed of seven short episodes, in which Bani-Etemad reveals the fate of some of the main characters in her previous films like The Blue-Veiled, Under the Skin of the City and Mainline.

Best-known for addressing social problems in her films, Bani-Etemad has directed numerous feature-length and short films as well as documentaries, which have garnered many international and national awards.

“The characters in my films are real, [from among] the people whom I might meet every day,” she had earlier stated.

Another Iranian film maker Nima Javidi’s debut feature-length film Melbourne received critical acclaim at the festival. The film opened Critics’ Week section of the event.

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Hafez Nazeri – The Iranian musician who took ancient Persian poetry to the top of the U.S. charts

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Arriving in New York City at the age of 19 to study music, Hafez Nazeri knew he wanted to do big things.

Now, little more than a decade later, the young Iranian classical composer is riding high with a chart-topping album featuring 38 Grammy Award-winning musicians.

“I left Iran with the hope of maybe one day creating music that can connect with the entire world, music that can show another dimension of my culture, and my history,” Nazeri says. “I came to New York with the hopes of integrating two cultures, and creating a new product that is no longer Eastern or Western.”

It appears he is well on his way to accomplishing that goal.

Nazeri’s debut album, “Untold: The Rumi Symphony Project,” hit number one twice on Billboard’s Classical chart– a first for an Iranian musician.

“To be number one, this means the world is now listening,” Nazeri says. “It is an amazing honor for me, but I feel like it’s not about me alone. The success is for Iran, not for me.”

Growing up in Iran, Nazeri says he was fortunate enough to be part of a family with strong musical roots.

“I had the opportunity to grow up in a house which was sort of the center for all the great musicians, poets and philosophers, and musical instruments were my toys,” he says.

Nazeri’s father Shahram Nazeri, who also performs on the album with his son, is one of Iran’s most beloved and famous classical singers, and Nazeri says, one of his greatest teachers.

Rumi, is Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the 13th century Sufi mystic, poet and philosopher, whose works have been translated into many of the world’s languages and whose influence has transcended ethnic and geographical boundaries. Much of Rumi’s poetry focuses on love — more specifically love for the Divine.

And for Nazeri, like his father before him, that love finds a perfect home in musical expression.

“I think music is the sound of God, the sound of the universe for me. Music also has the power to go inside the heart. If you really hear music,” says Nazeri. “No matter what it is, if it touches you, you will love it, no matter what background you are from, or what religion you practice.”

“One of my ultimate goals,” he says, ” is to make sure that one day Rumi is as popular as Shakespeare.”

Following in his father’s footsteps, he brings not only the essence of Persian culture — but also Rumi’s message to an even wider audience than ever before.

“I want to create a revolution with music,” the young musician says, “with love rather than hate, or chaos and bloodshed.”

“There is another more powerful force in this universe,” he continues, “and that force is love, and it’s music. And I would love for that message to be the sound of us in this modern time.”

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Professor Hossein Baharavand – Iranian Scientist Wins UNESCO Biology Award

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Professor Hossein Baharavand from the Stem Cell Research Center of Royan Institute was qualified to win the 2014-2015 UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize.

UNESCO-Equatorial prize is awarded to those projects and activities of an individual, individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for scientific research in life sciences, which have led to improving the quality of human life.

Hossein Baharvand is an Iranian stem cell and developmental biologist and director of Iran’s Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology.

Hossein Baharvand was born in 1972 and obtained his PhD degree in 2004 in the field of Developmental Biology from Khwarizmi University (formerly Tarbiat Moallem University), Tehran, Iran.

He began work at the Royan Institute in Tehran from 1996. He is currently full professor and head of Department of Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at Royan institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology.

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Highly awarded Iranian filmmaker and director Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Persian: محسن مخملباف‎, Mohsen Makhmalbaaf; born May 29, 1957) is an acclaimed 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. His award-winning films include Kandahar, and his latest film is the The Gardener.

Time magazine selected Makhmalbaf’s 2001 film Kandahar as one of the top 100 films of all time.[1] In 2006, he was a member of the Jury at the Venice film festival.

Degrees and honors

  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature From St Andrew University, Scotland, 2011
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Cinema From Nanterre University, France, 2010
  • “Freedom to Create Prize” for his human right activity and promoting social Justice through his art, Art Action, England, 2009
  • “Federico Fillini Honor” from UNESCO…

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Professor Ali Khademhosseini has won the 2014 award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Khademhosseini was named to receive Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Young Investigator Award.

This award is bestowed annually and recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research in Nanoscale science and engineering by a scientist or engineer in the early stages of their professional career (within 10 years of completion of highest degree).

Born in 1975 in Iran, Professor Khademhosseini has spent his academical education in Canada and the United States.

He is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology as well as Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Khademhosseini’s interdisciplinary research has been recognized by over 30 major national and international awards.

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Iranian Researcher Maryam Mirzakhani Receives The 2014 Clay Research Award

Awarded Iranian-American Researcher Maryam Mirzakhani

Awarded Iranian-American Researcher Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian university professor and mathematician at Stanford University, is the recipient of the 2014 Clay Research Award from the Clay Mathematics Institute. Mirzakhani well-known for her prominent theories on geometry and ergodic theory, received the award along with Peter Scholz, another prominent mathematician on Algebraic geometry.


Mirzakhani was introduced as one of 10 selected young minds in North America by Popular Science Journal in 2005. She has received several scientific awards so far.

Mirzakhani is an alumna of the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), in Tehran, Iran. She studied at Farzanegan high school.


She found international recognition as a brilliant teenager after receiving gold medals at both the 1994 International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong) and the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad (Toronto), where she finished with a perfect score.


Mirzakhani obtained her BSc in Mathematics (1999) from the Sharif University of Technology. She holds a PhD from Harvard University (2004), where she worked under the supervision of the Fields Medallist Curtis McMullen. She was a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and a professor at Princeton University.

Her awards and honors include:


  • Plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2014)
  • Clay Research Award 2014
  • The 2013 AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics. “Presented every two years by the American Mathematical Society, the Satter Prize recognizes an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the preceding six years. The prize was awarded on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.”
  • Full professor of Mathematics at Stanford University at age of 31, 2008.
  • AMS Blumenthal Award 2009
  • Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow 2004.
  • Harvard Junior Fellowship Harvard University, 2003.
  • Merit fellowship Harvard University, 2003.
  • IPM Fellowship The Institute for theoretical Physics and Mathematics, Tehran, Iran, 1995-1999.
  • She gave an invited talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010, on the topic of “Topology and Dynamical Systems & ODE”.

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Behnaz Sarafpour – designer and finalist of the Smithsonian’s National Design Award

Behnaz Sarafpour is a New York City-based designer who introduced a line of women’s apparel bearing her name in 2001.
She attended Parsons School of Design, where she was honored with the Golden Thimble Award,and has held design positions at Isaac Mizrahi, Narciso Rodriguez, Richard Tyler, Anne Klein, and Barneys New York. Her collections are presented in New York with the aid of various sponsors.
Sarafpour was honored at the White House in July 2010 as a finalist of the Smithsonian’s National Design Award in the fashion design category.
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Reza Sayed Badiyi awarded Iranian-American director of very popular TV series in the 80s and 90s

Reza Sayed Badiyi (Persian: رضا بدیعی; April 17, 1930 – August 20, 2011) was an Iranian-American film director.
He graduated from the Academy of Drama in Iran. He moved to the United States in 1955. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in film making.


On May 2010, Badiyi was honored at UCLA for his 80th birthday and his 60th year in the entertainment industry. In 2009, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles, and after his passing in 2011, the festival gave the award his namesake.

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Amir-Hossein Aryanpour an expert in western philosophy and Persian culture

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Amir-Hossein Aryanpour (February 27, 1925, Tehran – July 30, 2001, Tehran) (Persian: امیرحسین آریانپور‎) was an Iranian lexicographer, writer, translator, philosopher, sociologist, and literary figure.
Amir Hossein Aryanpour was an expert in western philosophy and Persian culture. He studied at the University of Tehran, the American University of Beirut, Cambridge University and Princeton University.
He wrote numerous books and articles on sociology, philosophy and literature.


  • Sociology of Art
  • Threshold of Doom
  • Psychology of Vision realism
  • Field of sociology
  • Four bilingual dictionary
  • Nature, life, origin and evolution of
  • Research Approvals
  • Two logic: static and dynamic

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Leila Hatami: Awarded Iranian actress

Leila Hatami (born October 1, 1972) is an Iranian actress. She is the daughter of director Ali Hatami and actress Zari Khoshkam and is married to actor Ali Mosaffa. Besides Persian she is fluent in French, English and German.

After high school she went to Lausanne, Switzerland to study electrical engineering at EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) changing her major to French literature two years later.

Although she had a few short appearances in some of her father’s films during childhood and a role in 1992 in her father’s Delshodegan (The Love Stricken), she made her professional entry into cinema with Dariush Mehrjui’s Leila in 1996 for which she received rave reviews from critics.

Hatami has appeared in films directed by her husband, Ali Mosaffa, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (2005) and The Last Step (2012). She also designed the sets and the costumes of The Last Step, receiving a nomination at the Fajr Film Festival for best production design and costume design. In 2012 A Separation won the Academy Award for best foreign film in which Hatami played the leading female role.

She was a member of the main competition jury at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in April 2014.

– for The Last Step by Ali Mosaffa, 2012
Best Actor Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
– for Meeting Leila by Adel Yaraghi, 2012
Best Actress Award at the 6th San Francisco Iranian Film Festival (2013)
– for A Separation by Asghar Farhadi, 2011
Best Actress Award at 61st Berlin Film Festival (with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi), Best Actor Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival (with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi)
– for for Felicity Land by Maziar Miri, 2011
Best Actor Award at International Film Festival of Kerala
– for Pennilessness by Hamid Nematollah, 2008
Crystal Simorgh Best Actor Award at Fajr International Film Festival, Iran’s Film Critics and Writers Association Best Actor Award and Donyaye Tasvir Best Actor Award
– for Every Night Loneliness by Rasoul Sadrameli, 2007
Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust Winner Award for Best Actor
– for The Deserted Station by Alireza Raeisian, 2002
Montreal World Film Festival Winner Award for Best Actor (tied) and Winner Award Cinema Haghighat for Best Actor
– for Water and Fire by Fereydoun Jeyrani, 2001
Iran Cinema Celebration Winner Award for Best Actor
– for The English Bag by Seyed Ziaeddin Dorri, 2000
Sima Festival Winner Award for Best Actress in TV Series
– for Leila by Dariush Mehrjui, 1996
Honorary Diploma for Outstanding Performance by an Actor at 15th Fajr International Film Festival and Best Actress Donyaye Tasvir Award

– 2014: What’s the Time in Your World? by Safi Yazdanian
– 2013: Sealed Secret by Hadi Moghadamdoost
– 2012: Meeting Leila by Adel Yaraghi
– 2012: The Last Step by Ali Mosaffa
– 2012: Orange Suit by Dariush Mehrjui
– 2011: A Separation by Asghar Farhadi
– 2011: Felicity Land by Maziar Miri
– 2010: There Are Things You Don’t Know by Fardin Saheb Zamani
– 2009: What a Wonderful Life or Lovely Sky (Aseman-e Mahboob) by Dariush Mehrjui
– 2009: 40 Years Old (Chehel Salegi) by Alireza Raeisian
– 2009: Roaming in the Mist (Parse dar Meh) by Bahram Tavakkoli
– 2008: Pennilessness (Bi Pooli) by Hamid Nematollah
– 2008: Shirin by Abbas Kiarostami
– 2007-2008: Paridokht (TV Series) by Saman Moghaddam
– 2007: Every Night Loneliness (Har Shab Tanhayi) by Rasoul Sadrameli
– 2005: Portrait of a Lady Far Away (Sima-ye Zani Dar Doordast) by Ali Mosaffa
– 2005: Salad of the Season (Salad-e Fasl) by Fereydoun Jeyrani
– 2005: Hokm by Masoud Kimiai
– 2005: Poet of the Wastes (Shaer-e Zobale-ha) by Mohammad Ahmadi
– 2002: Ertefae Past (Low Heights) by Ebrahim Hatamikia
– 2002: The Deserted Station (Istgah-e Matrouk) by Alireza Raeisian
– 2001: Water and Fire (Ab va Atash) by Fereydoun Jeyrani
– 2001: Moraba-ye Shirin (The Sweet Jam) by Marzieh Boroomand
– 2000: The Mix by Dariush Mehrjui
– 2000: The English Bag (Keef-e Englisi) (TV Series) by Seyed Ziaeddin Dorri
– 1998: Sheida by Kamal Tabrizi
– 1996: Leila by Dariush Mehrjui
– 1992: Del Shodegan (a.k.a. The Love Stricken) by Ali Hatami
– 1984: Kamalolmolk by Ali Hatami

Sources: Leila Hatami in Wikipedia, L. Hatami – Jury member at Rome Film Festival 2012, Parsology – San Francisco Iranian Film Festival Sep 2013

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Jamshid Mashayekhi – Iranian actor

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Jamshid Mashayekhi (Persian: جمشید مشایخی ‎, born 26 November 1934) is a celebrated Iranian actor and an iconic figure of Iranian cinema
Mashayekhi began professional acting on stage in 1957. His first feature film role was Brick and Mirror(1965, Ebrahim Golestan). After a four-year break, he acted in The Cow (1969, Darius Mehrjui) and Kaiser (Qeysar) (1969, Masoud Kimiai). Mashayekhi commonly appears as an elderly grandfather because of his white hair and charismatic face and figure. He received a best performance award for The Grandfather (1985, Majid Gharizadeh) from the First Festival of Non-aligned Countries in North Korea.
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Jalal Al-e-Ahmad – Iranian writer, thinker, and social and political critic

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Jalal Al-e-Ahmad (December 2, 1923 – September 9, 1969) was a prominent Iranian writer, thinker, and social and political critic.

Novels and novellas

  • The School Principal
  • By the Pen
  • The Tale of Beehives
  • The Cursing of the Land
  • A Stone upon a Grave


Many of his novels, including the first two in the list above, have been translated into English.


Jalal traveled to far-off, usually poor, regions of Iran and tried to document their life, culture and problems. Some of these monographs are:


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Bozorg Alavi – influential Iranian writer, novelist, and political intellectual

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Bozorg Alavi (بزرگ علوی in Persian) (February 2, 1904 – February 18, 1997) was an influential Iranian writer, novelist, and political intellectual.
Selected Works :
Chamedan (The Suitcase) (1934) Varaq Pareh’ha-ye Zendan (Scrap Papers from Prison) (1941) Panjah-o Seh Nafar (Fifty Three Persons) (1942) Nameh’ ha va Dastan’ha-ye digar (Letters and Other Stories) (1952) Chashmhayash (Her Eyes) (1952)

Translations into Persian:

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Sādeq Chubak – widely considered as the greatest naturalist writer in Persian literature

Sādeq Chubak

Sādeq Chubak (Persian: صادق چوبک‎) (August 5, 1916—July 3, 1998).  Widely considered as the greatest naturalist writer in Persian literature, he has written a large bulk of works including novels, short stories, and plays. The collected stories Puppet Show and The Monkey Whose Master had Died have exercised profound influence on modern Persian literature.

In his works, Chubak studies the lives of the downtrodden people of the society who are victimized by iniquities and natural deterministic forces. Sympathetic to the sorrows and miseries of such people, he offers one single solution, combating corruption and injustice.

His novel Tangsir details the valorous acts of the fighters in Tangestan. It has been translated in many languages.

Chubak died on July 3, 1998, in Berkeley, California, U.S.A


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Mehdi Akhavān-Sāles Iranian poet

Mehdi Akhavān-Sāles

Mehdi Akhavān-Sāles (Persian: مهدی اخوان ثالث‎), or Akhavān-Sāless (1928, Mashhad, Iran — 1990, Tehran, Iran), pen name M. Omid (م. امید, Hope) was a prominent Iranian poet. He is one of the pioneers of Free Verse (New Style Poetry) in Persian language.


  • Organ (Arghanoon ارغنون, 1951)
  • Winter (Zemestān زمستان, 1956)
  • The Ending of Shahnameh (Ākhare Shāhnāmeh, آخر شاهنامه, 1959)
  • From This Avesta (Az In Avestā, 1965, از اين اوستا)


  • They Say That Ferdowsi (Guyand Ki Ferdowsi, 1976)
  • An Ancient Tree and the Forest (Derakhti pir va jangal, درخت پير و جنگل, 1977)
  • Nima Yushij‘s Innovations and Aesthetics (Bed’athā va Badāye’i Nimā Yushij, بدعت ها و بدايع نيما يوشيج, 1979)
  • Nima Yushij’s Bequest (Atā va Laqā-i Nimā Yushij, عطا و لقاي نيما يوشيج, 1983)​
  • Garden without leaves



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Sadegh Hedayat – Iran’s foremost modern writer of prose fiction and short stories

Sadegh Hedayat (in Persian: صادقهدایت; February 17, 1903, Tehran — 9 April 1951, Paris, France) was Iran‘s foremost modern writer of prose fiction and short stories.

He was educated at Collège Saint-Louis (French catholic school) and Dar ol-Fonoon (1914–1916). In 1925, he was among a select few students who travelled to Europe (Belgium then France) to continue their studies.

He devoted his whole life to studying Western literature and to learning and investigating Iranian history and folklore. The works of Rainer Maria Rilke, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, Anton Chekhov and Guy de Maupassant intrigued him the most.

His masterpiece The Blind Owl, whose writing he started as early as 1930 in Paris.  was praised by many including Henry Miller, André Breton and others. It has been called “one of the most important literary works in the Persian language.”

Other notable works:
1930 Buried Alive (Zende be gūr). A collection of 9 short stories.
1932 Three Drops of Blood (Se qatre khūn)
1942 The Stray Dog (Sag-e welgard)
1943 Mistress Alaviyeh (Alaviye chānum)
1947 Dāsh Akol

French language translations:
1931 Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov
1948 In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka
1944 Before the Law by Franz Kafka
1950 The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Films about Hedayat:
In 1987 Raul Ruiz made the feature film La Chouette aveugle in France: a loose adaption of Hedayat’s novel The Blind Owl. Its formal innovations led critics and filmmakers to declare the film ‘French cinema’s most beautiful jewel of the past decade

Hedayat’s last day and night was adapted into the short film, The Sacred and the Absurd, which was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004.


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Sulayman Hayyim – Iranian Jew often called “Iran’s Father of the bilingual dictionary”

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Sulayman Hayyim (Persian: سلیمان حییم) (ca. 1887 in Tehran, Iran – February 14, 1970 in Tehran), was an Iranian lexicographer, translator, playwright and essayist, often called “Iran’s Father of the bilingual dictionary.
Haïm was born into an Iranian Jewish family of Shirazi origin who had migrated to Tehran.
Solayman excelled in English, Persian literature, and music.His  series of bilingual dictionaries printed in Persian,  earned him the honorary name “Word Master.His first reference work, the New English–Persian Dictionary, in two volumes, was published in 1929–31. This was later replaced by the Larger English–Persian Dictionary.
He knew French, Hebrew, English and Persian, and produced bilingual dictionaries in French and Hebrew as well as English. He also wrote a compilation of Persian proverbs and their English equivalents with the name “A Book of Collected Poems.”
Among the Jewish minorities in modern Iran, Soleyman Haiim belongs to the rare instances, who has invested his spiritual und material capital in Human Sciences.
Haïm was fond of Persian history and literature, and the divans of Sa’di and Hafez were his favourite books.
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Iraj Pezeshkzad – author of the famous Persian novel Dā’i Jān Napoleon (Dear Uncle Napoleon, translated as My Uncle Napoleon

Iraj Pezeshkzad (Persian: ایرج پزشکزاد ‎, born 1928 in Tehran) is an Iranian writer and author of the famous Persian novel Dā’i Jān Napoleon (Dear Uncle Napoleon, translated as My Uncle Napoleon) published in the early 1970s.
He was educated in Iran and France, where he received his degree in Law. He served as a judge in the Iranian Judiciary for five years prior to joining the Iranian Foreign Service. He served as a diplomat until the Iranian revolution in 1979, and left the Foreign Service to reside in France after the revolution.
His novels include Haji Mam-ja’far in Paris, Mashalah Khan in the Court of Haroun al-Rashid, Asemun Rismun, Honar-e Mard beh ze Dolat-e oost, and Dai Jan Napoleon.
His most famous work My Uncle Napoleon, was published in 1973 and earned him national acclaim and was accoladed by Iranian and international critics alike as a cultural phenomenon. It is a social satire and a masterpiece of contemporary Persian literature.
The book has been translated to English by Dick Davis as well as a number of other languages including French, German, and Russian.
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Ahmad Shamloo – awarded Iranian poet, writer and journalist

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Ahmad Shamloo (Persian: احمد شاملو‎, also known under his pen name A. Bamdad (December 12, 1925 – July 24, 2000) 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 Youshij.
Shamlou has translated extensively from French to Persian and his own works are also translated into a number of languages.
His thirteen-volume Ketab-e Koucheh (The Book of Alley) is a major contribution in understanding the Iranian folklore beliefs and language. He also wrote fiction and Screenplays, contributing to children’s literature, and journalism.
Some of his books
  • The Forgotten Songs (1947)
  • Poems of Iron and Feelings (1953)
  • Blossoming in the Mist (1970)


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Mahmoud Dowlatabadi – Iranian writer and actor

Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (Persian: محمود دولت‌آبادی‎) (born 1 August 1940 in Dowlatabad, Sabzevar) 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 experience.
As a teenager he found himself hopelessly bored.He caught a ride tofor Tehran to pursue theatre. There Dowlatabadi worked for a year before he could afford to take theatre classes. When he did, he rose to the top of his class.He also ventured into journalism, fiction, and screenplays. “Whenever I was done with work and wasn’t preoccupied with finding food and so on, I would sit down and just write,” he said.
He wrote Missing Soluch which became his first novel published in English, preceding The Colonel.
He has also garnered praise internationally, with Kirkus Reviews calling The Colonel, “A demanding and richly composed book by a novelist who stands apart.” The Independent described the novel as “passionate,” and emphasized, “It’s about time that everyone even remotely interested in Iran read this novel.”

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Forugh Farrokhzad – awarded and influential female Iranian poet and film director


Forugh Farrokhzad (Persian: فروغ فرخزاد‎;January 5, 1935 — February 13, 1967) 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 poet and an iconoclast
in 1962 she made a documentary film titled The House is Black won several international awards.
Translations of
Farrokhzad’s works:
Sholeh Wolpe edited the collection titled Sin: Selected poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, (Fayetteville [Arkansas]: University of Arkansas Press, 2007). ISBN 1-55728-861-5
Hasan Javadi and Susan Sallee translated Another Birth:Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad with her letters and interviews in 1981.Jascha Kessler with Amin Banani, “Bride of Acacias: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad” (Caravan Books, Delmar, N.Y., 1982) ISBN 0-88206-050-3Farzaneh Milani, Veils and words: the emerging voices of Iranian women writers (Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, N.Y., 1992). ISBN 0-8156-2557-X, ISBN 978-1-85043-574-7.A Rebirth: Poems, translated by David Martin, with a critical essay by Farzaneh Milani (Mazda Publishers, Lexington Ky., 1985) – ISBN 093921430X.French: Mahshid Moshiri, Sylvie M. Miller, German: Annemarie Schimme


Italian: Domenico Ingenito, Russian: Viktor Poleshchuk

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Asghar Farhadi – Iranian director and holder of the oscar academy awards

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Asghar Farhadi (Persian: اصغر فرهادی‎, Persian pronunciation: [æsɣæɾ fæɾhɒːdiː]; born 7 May 1972 in Homāyūnshahr, Isfahan ) 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 other awards. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine in 2012.
Awards :
Best Director & Best Screenplay for Dancing in the Dust, Asia Pacific Film Festival (2003)
Jury Grand Prize for About Elly, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2009)
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film A Separation, Academy Awards (2012)
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First female governor in Gilan Province of Iran appointed

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Mona Abrufarakh has become the first woman to be chosen as a governor in Gilan Province. IRNA reports that Abrufarakh will serve as governor of central Rasht.

The Rohani administration has already appointed four women to the position of governor in Hamoon, Qasr-e qand, Bandar Torkaman and Qeshm, as well as a female prefect in Bushehr.

Ezzat Kamalzadeh, Massoumeh Prandar, Homeira Rigi and Marjan Nazghelichi are respectively serving in Qeshm, Hamoon, Qasr-e Qand and Bandar Torkaman, and Maryam Qorbani is prefect of Bushehr.


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Iranian vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian to receive France’s highest honor

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The living legend of Iranian traditional music Mohammadreza Shajarian will receive the medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Paris next week.

Shahram Nazeri, another Iranian vocalist, received the honor on September 29, 2008 for the scholarly interest he has taken in the musical interpretation and vocalization of the transcendent lyrics of Rumi.

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Mohammad-Reza Shajarian (Persian: محمدرضا شجريان‎) (born 23 September 1940) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Persian classical singer, composer and Ostad (master) of Persian music.[1][2][3] He has been called “Iran’s greatest living master of traditional Persian music.”[4] Shajarian is also known for his skills in Persian calligraphy, and humanitarian activities.

Shajarian was born in Mashhad, Iran, and started singing at the age of five, under the supervision of his father. At the age of twelve, he began studying the…

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