|American scholar of Iranian studies Richard N. Frye dies at 94||
TEHRAN -- Professor Richard Nelson Frye, an American scholar of Iranian and Central Asian studies, and professor emeritus of Iranian studies at Harvard University, died in Boston on March 27. He was 94.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and the Director of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) Abuzar Ebrahimi Torkaman have offered their condolences over the death of Frye, Persian media have reported.
“I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Richard Frye’s death. He was a true friend and a great scholar of Iranian studies,” Zarif tweeted.
Zarif went on to say that Frye’s legacy will remain intact forever.
“His death deeply saddened all those who were interested in Persian studies,” Torkaman said.
His research works on Persian culture and civilization and the establishment of Persian studies at Harvard University have played a major role in promoting Persian studies across the world, he added.
In his will, Frye had expressed his wish to be buried next to the Zayandehrud River in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. This request was approved by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in September 2007. Two other American Iranologists, Arthur Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, are already buried there. However, no news of his burial in Isfahan has been reported by the media as yet.
Moreover, in 2007, Ahmadinejad donated a house in Isfahan to Frye. The house was to be converted into a museum after the death of the professor.
Appropriately referred to as “dean of the world’s Iranologists” by other scholars, Frye has researched and taught the cultural history of Iran, Central Asia and the Near East for over six decades.
Frye’s affection for Iran and the Iranian people grew with his scholarly interest in the region. He had traveled to Iran several times.
A prolific traveler, he resided long periods abroad, knew ancient languages, spoke Persian, Turkish, Russian, German, French and several other contemporary languages.
His books have been translated into many languages and continue to be reprinted. His library (25,000 items) is housed at Boston University.
Photo: Professor Richard Nelson Frye in an undated photo
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