Abbas Zaryab

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Abbas Zaryab
Born Abbas Khoyi
August 13, 1919
Khoy, Iran
Died February 3, 1995(1995-02-03) (aged 75)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation littérateur, historian, translator
Language Turkish, Persian, Arabic, German, French, English
Nationality Iranian
Education University of Tehran, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Abbas Zaryab or 'Abbās Zaryāb (August 13, 1919 – February 3, 1995) (Persian: عباس زریاب‎) was a historian,[1] translator, literature Professor[2] and Iranologist. He was the author of several books, including a life of Muhammad,[3] and articles in The Persian Encyclopedia (published in Iran), Western peer reviewed Journals as well as Iranica.


Abbas Zaryab Khoi was born in Khoy, West Azerbaijan in Iran. From an early age, he showed an exceptional talent and memory, becoming distinguished among his classmates. Through a distinguished academic achievement, he was given a free scholarship to Germany. He obtained his doctorate from Mainz University in Germany from the history department. His Ph.D. thesis covered the topic of Timur's successor according to the book: Tarikh-e-Kabir Ja'fari. He had mastery over the Persian language, Azerbaijani language, Arabic language and European languages such as German, English and French.

Among the distinguished rank he held, was the head of the library of congress in Iran and the head of the literature department in Tehran university. At the invitation of the eminent Iranologist, Professor Walter Bruno Henning, he taught Persian language and literature in Berkeley University between 1962 and 1964. But he came back to Iran, due to his love for his homeland and took a position in Tehran university. He died in 1995.

His works are quoted in Western publications and by Western scholars including Franklin Lewis,[4] Charles Melville,[5] G. Michael Wickens, Juan Cole, Kamran Ekbal,[6] Lutz Richter-Bernburg,[7] Josef van Ess,[8] H. R. Roemer,[9] etc.[10][11]

Books and articles

Non-Persian languages

Some selected writing of his in non-Persian languages.

  • 'A. Zaryāb, ĀḠĀJĪ BOḴĀRĪ in Encyclopædia Iranica[12]
  • 'A. Zaryab ĀḠĀJĪ, in Encyclopædia Iranica[13]
  • 'A. Zaryab BOKAYR B. MĀHĀN in Encyclopædia Iranica[14]
  • Charles Melville and 'A. Zaryab Chobanids in Encyclopædia Iranica
  • 'A. Zaryab EDUCATION v. THE MADRASA IN SHI'ITE PERSIA in Encyclopædia Iranica[15]
  • 'A. Zaryab IRAQ ii iii. FROM THE MONGOLS TO THE SAFAVIDS in Encyclopædia Iranica[16]
  • "Bukayr B. Maham Marvazi", Encyclopædia Iranica, vol. IV, London 1990, p. 332.
  • Zaryāb Ḵo'ī, "Ebn-e Rāvandī" in DMBE III, pp. 531–39
  • 'A. Zaryab, Der Bericht über die Nachfolger Timurs aus dem Ta'rīḫ-i kabīr des Ğa'farī ibn Muḥammad al-Ḥusainī, Ph.D. thesis, Mainz, 1960.
  • 'A. Zaryab,. Fakhr Razi und die Frage des Seins. Spektrum Iran. Bonn. 1988 1/3: 14–24.
  • "Ein Wiederaufgefundnes Werk Abu Hayyan al-Tanhidis", A Lpccust's Leg, London 1962, pp. 246–250.
  • 'A. Zaryab, "Struggle of Religious sects in the Ilkhanid Court" La Persianel Medioevo, Roma, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 1971, pp. 465–466.


Zaryab Khoi had over 100+ publications in Persian.[17]


  1. ^ William C. Chittick, "The Goal of Islamic philosophy: Reflection of the Works of Afdal al-Din Kashani" in the Journal of Sacred Web. pg 19: "The distinguished Iranian Historian, Abbas Zaryab.
  2. ^ 'Abbas Zaryab Biography in Persian
  3. ^ "Book on Prophet in Bosnian Language". Iran Daily. October 21, 2006. Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  4. ^ Franklin Lewis, "HAFEZ viii. HAFEZ AND RENDI" in Encyclopedia Iranica Archived December 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Charles Melville, "HISTORIOGRAPHY iv. MONGOL PERIOD" in Encyclopedia Iranica
  6. ^ G. Michael Wickens, Juan Cole, Kamran Ekbal, "BROWNE, EDWARD GRANVILLE" in Encyclopedia Iranica
  7. ^ Lutz Richter-Bernburg, "GONDĒŠĀPUR" in Encyclopedia Iranica
  8. ^ Josef van Ess, EBN RĀVANDĪ, ABU'l-ḤOSAYN AḤMAD in Encyclopedia Iranica
  9. ^ H. R. Roemer, "BĀYSONḠOR, ḠĪĀṮ-AL-DĪN" in Encyclopedia Iranica
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  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2007-09-11.

External links

  • An article on Nezami Ganjavi : Abbas Zaryab Khoi,"Nezami Ganjavi Tork Naboodeh ast" (Nezami Ganjavi was not Turkish) in Ayandeh Magazine, Esfand Maah (February–March), 1324 (1945), pages 780–781. (Iran)
  • وبگاه بنياد دائره المعارف اسلامی
  • وبگاه كانون ایرانی پژوهشگران فلسفه و حكمت
  • Dr. Abbas Zaryab Khoi in Persian
  • in Persian
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