Noted Iranian mythologist Jalal Sattari has been awarded the emblem of Officier of France for his dedication to cause of the culture during his 50-year career as cultural activist. He has written some 71 books on anthropology, mythology, and psychology.
Contemporary Persian and Classical Persian are the same language, but writers since 1900 are classified as contemporary. At one time, Persian was a common cultural language of much of the non-Arabic Islamic world. Today it is the official language of Iran, Tajikistan and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan.