Mohammad Qahraman

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Mohammad Qahraman
Native name
محمد قهرمان
Born(1929-07-01)1 July 1929
Died18 May 2013(2013-05-18) (aged 83)
Resting placeMaqberat al-Sho'ara, Aramgah-e Ferdowsi
OccupationPoet, literary scholar
LanguagePersian
NationalityIranian
GenreSabk-e Hendi ("Indian Style") Persian poetry
SpouseFereshteh Qahraman
ChildrenRuzbeh Qahraman, Mohammad-Reza Qahraman

Mohammad Qahraman (Persian: محمد قهرمان ; born 1 July 1929, died 18 May 2013) was a Persian-language poet, scholar, and editor from Khorasan.

Biography[edit]

Qahraman was born in the village of Amirabad, eight kilometers south of Torbat-e Heydarieh. He is a descendant of Mohammad Khan Qaraei-Torbati. Qahraman's mother died when he was five years old, and at age sixteen he lost his father as well; he was subsequently raised by his older sister. He was a high school classmate of Mehdi Akhavan-Sales in Mashhad, and continued to maintain a friendship with him after Qahraman moved to Tehran and continued his education at Alborz High School, where he studied literature. Qahraman went on to study judicial studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tehran. However, he never pursued work in the legal field, concentrating instead on poetry.

He wrote ghazals and was particularly inclined towards the so-called "Indian Style" (sabk-e hendi) of poetry.[1] He knew the local language of Torbat-e Heydarieh well and wrote many poems in this local language in addition to Persian. The literary critic Mohammad-Reza Shafiei-Kadkani claimed that Mohammad Qahraman outshined even the poet-laureate Mohammad-Taqi Bahar when it came to such local poetry.[2]

In 1960, he married Fereshteh Qahraman (his paternal uncle's granddaughter) and settled in Mashhad. From 1961 until his retirement, Qahraman worked as the librarian for the Faculty of Literature at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. During the same period, he organized a weekly literary society which met in his home. He published several collections of his poetry, and corrected and edited the divans of numerous other poets.

He died of cancer in 2013. After his death, Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei offered official condolences on Qahraman's passing.[3] A street was named after him in Tehran in 2019.[4]

Awards[edit]

Recipient of the 9th annual Fajr International Poetry Festival award for his book Ru-ye jadeh-ye abrisham-e she'r ("On the Silk Road of Poetry").

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