Abdulhussain Zarrinkub

Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub (March 17, 1923 – September 15, 1999) was a scholar of Iranian literature, history of literature, Persian culture and history.

He was born on March 19, 1923, in Borujerd, Iran, received his PhD from Tehran University in 1955 under the supervision of Badiozzaman Forouzanfar, and held faculty positions at universities such as Oxford University, Sorbonne, and Princeton University.

Some of his 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
  • Nizami, a Lifelong Quest for a Utopia, 1977, Rome.

Zarrinkoob wrote comparative literature and Persian literary criticism in his book “Naqd-e Adabi” (“Literary Criticism”).

Zarrinkoub also researched the Persian poet Molana Jalaleddin Balkhi (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 Molaqat-e Khuda” (“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 Kuche-ye Rendan” and “Arzesh-e Miras-e Sufiyeh” are a few examples.

Zarrinkoub wrote “Two Centuries of Silence” on Islamic history and Ruzegaran (The Ages) (Iran’s history from the beginning to the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty), which covers the 3,000-year history of Iran since the Aryans migrated to the Iranian plateau. (Wikipeia)