Persian literature, Iranian writers

Persian literature, Iranian literature; Persian poets and writers, Iranian poets; a list of websites

Subject categories on this page
  1. Iranian Poets and Authors

BBC Persian. The arts section.

Classical and modern Persian poetry and prose.
The history of Persian literature.

History of Persian literature, an article in English.

Arts and Entertainment in Iran
A web index of Iranian writers, poets, Iranian literature, art and music, from Pars Times.

Contemporary Persian poetry audio downloads.

Encyclopedia Iranica
The Encyclopedia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.  The academic reference work will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures, facilitating the whole range of Iranian studies research from archeology to political sciences. The Encyclopedia is an international, collaborative project, based at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Iranian art and literature. 
A web index from  The Iranian.

The Iranian  Online Magazine

The Magic of Persia
Magic of Persia (MOP) promotes Iranian art and culture to a wider audience outside of Iran, and strives to make a notable contribution to its long-term advancement worldwide.  This is accomplished by establishing programmes in modern and contemporary Iranian art, music, media and academia in partnership with world-class institutions.

Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB)
The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) is an information portal for Middle East, North African, and Islamic Studies. It provides access to electronic full text materials or electronic bibliographical records of printed materials and manuscripts.

Pars Times. A web portal for Iran, the Middle East, The Persian Gulf and the Caspian region.
A non-commercial, non-partisan mainly targeted at researchers and scholars.

Persian Poets, Poetry and Poetic Art.
Including Khalgha’an-e Toe, Khalgha’an-e Toe, Vatan.

Wikipedia entry on Persian literature.

Women poets of Iran.
Forugh Farrokhzad, Simin Behbahani, Shahnaz A’lami, Meymanat Mirsadeghi, Zhaleh Esfahani, Zhila Mosa’ed, Shadab Vajdi, Mina Asadi.

Iranian Poets and Authors *

Ahmad Shamlou

Ahmad Shamlou

Ahmad Shamlu’s official website.

Ahmad Shamlou, Wikipedia entry.

Farschcian, Ostad Mahmoud

Farshcian, Ostad Mahmoud

Farrokhzad, Forough

FForough Farrokhzad

A Forough Farrokhzad website (in German).


Firdausi’s great epic poem, “The Book of Kings” or “Shahnama”, does for the formative myths, legends and early history of Iran what Homer’s tales do for the ancient Mediterranean civilizations. It narrates the history of mankind from the creation of the world, putting Iran at the centre of the Universe, from the dawn of time to the destruction of the Persian Empire in the early 7th century AD at the hands of the conquering Muslim Arabs.

Shahnameh Search Engine in Persian

Rostam: Tales from The Shahnameh,
English Graphic Novel adaptation of tales from the Shahnameh.

Helen Zimmern translation.

Wikipedia entry

Shahnameh, illustrated images.

Shahnameh Search Engine in Persian.

Arthur and Edmond Warner translation at the Internet Archive.

Shahnameh A.E.Warner with Images.

Simorq: A Music Project.
A short section of the Simorq Opera, video-recorded during a rehearsal in Tehran.

Shahnameh Persian and English text, A.E.Warner, MehrAbadi


Hafiz (Hafez)
The Life and poetry of Khajeh Shamseddin Mohammad Hafiz Shirazi.

Wikipedia entry.

Hafiz, collected articles at Encyclopedia Iranica.

Hafez in English
Poems in translation.

Poems by Hafez
English translations.

Hafiz, Shams al-Din Muhammad
A Biography by Prof. Iraj Bashiri.

Hafiz Poems
Poems translated into English by G.Bell, with biographical information. Poet Seers

Hafez On Love

Hedayat, Sadeeq

Sadeeq Hedayat Photo Gallery

Sadeq Hedayat’s Corner
Articles and English translations by Iraj Bashiri.

Khayyam, Omar

Omar Khayyám
Wikipedia entry.

Khayyam’s works in original Persian.
Ganjoor Persian Library

Khorsandi, Hadi

Hadi Khorsandi. Wikipedia entry. Hadi Khorsandi

Rubayyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubayyat of Omar Khayyam

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam a
A collection of Rubaiyat in Persian, accompanied by several translations into English and German.

Fitzgerald’s translation
as an app for Android mobile phones.

The complete four edition translations by Edward FitzGerald.
With illustrations by Blanche McManus.

Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī)

Rumi, Wikipedia entry.
The Rumi Network
Works by Rumi at Project Gutenberg
Works by or about Rumi at Internet Archive
Works by Rumi at Open Library
Poems by Rumi.

Rumi and Shams-e Tabrizi
Sepehri, Sohrab

Sohrab Sepehri

Yushijy, Nima

Nima Yushijy

Nima Yooshij
Wikipedia entry.