Abu Najm Ahmad ibn Ahmad ibn Qaus Manuchehri aka Manuchehri Damghani, was a royal poet of the 11th century in Persia. He was from Damghan in Iran and he is said to be the first to use the form of “musammat” in Persian poetry and has the best ones too. He traveled to Tabarestan and was admitted to the court of King Manuchehr Ghabus of Ziyarid dynasty and that’s where he got his pen name.
Baba Taher, (Baba Taher Oryan) was an 11th century poet in Persian literature and a mystic thinker. Baba Tahir is known as one of the most revered and respectable early poets in Iranian literature.
Khāqāni or Khāghāni (1121 – 1190) was a Persian poet. He was born in the historical region known as Shirvan, under the Shirvanshah (a vassal of the Seljuq empire) and died in Tabriz, Iran. Khaqani (real name, Afzaladdin Badil ibn Ali Nadjar) was born into the family of a carpenter. In his youth, Khaghani wrote under the pen-name Haqai’qi (“Seeker”). After he had been invited to the court of the Shirvanshah, he assumed the pen-name of Khaghani.
Nezami Ganjavi whose formal name was Niẓām ad-Dīn Abū Muḥammad Ilyās ibn-Yūsuf ibn-Zakkī, is considered the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature, who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic. His heritage is widely appreciated and shared by Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Tajikistan. He was born in Ganjeh, Azarbayejan.
Bayazid Bastami (804-874), also known as Abu Yazid Bistami or Tayfur Abu Yazid al-Bustami, was a Persian Sufi poet born in Bastam. Bayazid’s grandfather was a Zoroastrian who converted to Islam. His grandfather had three sons, Adam, Tayfur and ‘Ali. All of them were ascetics. Abayazid was born to Tayfur. Not much is known of his childhood, but Bayazid spent most of his time in isolation in his house and the mosque.
Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī better known by his pen-name as Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but widely quoted in western sources. He is recognized for the quality of his writings, and for the depth of his social and moral thoughts.
Kamāl-al-Din Mohtasham Kāšāni (1528–1588) was a Persian poet of Safavid’s period. He is mainly known by his elegy on martyrdom of Imam Hossein and his family. he was a follower of the shiite school of “voghoo” and one of the most well known of shiite poets. He was born in Kashan and is burried there.
Abu Ismaïl Abdullah ibn Abi-Mansour Mohammad or Khajeh Abdollah Ansari of Herat (1006–1088), also known as Pir-e Herat (sage of Herat) was a famous Persian Sufi who lived in the 11th century in Herat. One of the outstanding figures in Khorasan in the 11th century: a commentator of the Ghoran, traditionalist, polemicist, and spiritual master, known for his oratory and poetic talents in both Arabic and Persian.
Khwaju Kermani was a famous Persian poet and Sufi mystic born in Kerman in 1290. He was associated with the Persian sufi master Sheykh Abu Esshagh Kazeruni, the founder of the Morshediyyeh order. He is also know as Nakhlband.
Abu Mo’in Hamid ad-Din Nasir ibn Khusraw al-Qubadiani or Naser Khosro (1004 – 1088) was a Persian poet, philosopher, Islamic scholar and traveler. He is one of the great poets and writers in Persian literature. Safarname, an account of his travels, being his most famous work possesses a special value among books of travel, since it contains the most authentic account of the state of the Muslim world in the middle of the 11th century.