The History of Literature in Iran

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It is the name of the book on the history of literature in Iran during the Islamic period, by Zabih Allah Safa.

The author
Zabihollah Safa (May 7, 1911 in Shahmirzad, Iran - April 29, 1999 in Lübeck, Germany) was a scholar and professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at the University of Tehran. His main contribution to the field of Iranian studies is seen in his seminal and comprehensive works on the history of Persian literature. He was also a regular contributor to the#### Encyclopaedia Iranica. "After primary and secondary education in Babol and Tehran, he attended the Car al-Mo’allemin-e Ali (later Daneshsara-ye Ali) and the University of Tehran where he received a doctorate in Persian literature in 1943. His thesis, a comprehensive study of epic narratives in Iran (Hamaseh – sarai dar Iran) was later published as a book and illustrated his ability to synthesize a vast range of readings into a coherent manual for teaching. The topic chosen for his thesis was also an indication of his life long love for his country and his determination to bear witness through his writing to major literary, philosophic and scientific contributions made by Iranians to civilization at large. His precocious talents and productivity also manifested itself in his journalistic activities as a young man. As early as 1933 he began contributing to the influential journal Mehr, and was its chief editor from 1937 to 1941. He was also a capable administrator, again using his talents for organized and systematic work to the full. He taught at the University of Tehran from 1941, was appointed to the chair of Persian literary history in 1948, and was dean of the Faculty in 1963-1967. Upon retirement, he became an emeritus professor in 1969. He also held high positions in other administrative spheres including the UNESCO commission in Iran and on the board of the Red Lion and Sun Organization (the Iranian counterpart to the Red Cross).

Structure of the book
The book is arranged into some volumes as following:
1- The history of literature in Iran from the beginning of the Islamic period to Saljuq (name of a dynasty in Iran) era
2- From the middle of the 11th century to the beginning of the 13th century
3- From the beginning of the 13th to the end of the 14th century
4- From the end of the 14th to beginning of the 16th century
5- From the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th century
It was published in 1976 and 1995.


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The History of Literature in Iran



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