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Abdolhossein Zarinkoob (May 19, 1923 , Borujerd - September 15, 1999, Tehran) was a prominent scholar of Iranian literature, history of literature, Persian culture and history. received his PhD from Tehran University in 1955 under the supervision of Badiozzaman Forouzanfar, and held faculty positions at prestigious universities such as Oxford University, Sorbonne, and Princeton University, among many others. Due to his pioneering works on Iranian literature, literary criticism and comparative literature, he is considered as the father of modern Persian literature.
Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub's solid research works made him a world class Iranologist and undisputed master of Persian literature and poet.He was known for his extreme precision and solid works. He was the author of dozens of books in Persian, French, and English, and published hundreds of articles.
Some of his more famous works in English are:
• The Arab Conquest of Iran and its aftermath: in Cambridge History of Iran, Vol 4, London, 1975.
• Persian Sufism in its historical background, Iranian studies III, 1970
• Nezami, a lifelong quest for a utopia, 1977, Rome.
Literary criticism and comparative literature:
Zarrinkoob boosted comparative literature and Persian literary criticism. His book entitled "Naghde Adabi" (Literary criticism) is a classic book on Persian literary criticism.
Prof. Dr. Zarrinkoub is also known for his profound research on revered Iranian poet (Rumi) and his works. Zarrinkoub's "Serr- e Ney" (Secret of the Reed) and "Bahr dar Koozeh" (Sea in a Jug) are critical and comparative analysis of Rumi's Masnavi. "Pelleh Pelleh ta Molaghate Khoda" (Step by Step until Visiting God) is also a work he carried out on the same line.
Zarrinkoub's research works on Hafez and Persian mysticism resulted in several books: "Az Koocheie Rendan" and "Arzeshe Mirase Soofieh" are a few examples.
History of Persia:
Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub's classic book entitled "Two Centuries of Silence" is one the most reliable sources on the history of Persia after Islam. Zarrinkoub also published seminal articles and a few books on Islamic history.
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