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Khwāje Shams-od-Dīn Moḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī (Persian: خواجه شمس‌‌الدین محمّد حافظ شیرازی), known by his pen name Hafez (حافظ, Ḥāfeẓ, 'the memorizer; the (safe) keeper'; 1325–1390) and as "Hafiz", was a Persian lyric poet, whose collected works are regarded by many Iranians as a pinnacle of Persian literature. His works are often found in the homes of people in the Persian-speaking world, who learn his poems by heart and use them as everyday proverbs and sayings. His life and poems have become the subjects of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post-14th century Persian writing more than any other Persian author.Hafez is best known for his Divan of Hafez, a collection of his surviving poems probably compiled after his death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hafez has received more than 1,404,471 page views. His biography is available in 115 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 113 in 2019). Hafez is the 158th most popular writer (down from 121st in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Iran (down from 13th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Writer.

Hafez is most famous for his poetry. He is the most read poet in Iran and Afghanistan.

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  • 115

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  • 4.23

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  • 7.12

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Among writers, Hafez ranks 158 out of 5,755Before him are Joseph Conrad, André Breton, Dr. Seuss, William Faulkner, Pliny the Younger, and Jean Racine. After him are Fernando Pessoa, Menander, Novalis, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Lucian, and Naguib Mahfouz.

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Among people born in 1325, Hafez ranks 1After him are Inês de Castro, Francesco Landini, Abraham Cresques, Matthew Kantakouzenos, Acamapichtli, Rupert II, Elector Palatine, Eleanor of Sicily, and Vladislav I of Wallachia. Among people deceased in 1389, Hafez ranks 2Before him is Murad I. After him are Pope Urban VI, Miloš Obilić, Dmitry Donskoy, Lazar of Serbia, U of Goryeo, Gülçiçek Hatun, William I, Duke of Bavaria, Chang of Goryeo, Hayam Wuruk, and Albert IV, Duke of Mecklenburg.

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, Hafez ranks 19 out of 528Before him are Esther (-600), Hassan-i Sabbah (1050), Cambyses II (-550), Malik-Shah I (1055), Ulugh Beg (1394), and Ali Khamenei (1939). After him are Abu Nuwas (762), Nader Shah (1688), Tahmasp I (1514), Tughril (990), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), and Al-Tabari (839).

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Among WRITERS In Iran

Among writers born in Iran, Hafez ranks 2Before him are Ismail I (1487). After him are Abu Nuwas (762), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), Ferdowsi (940), Doris Lessing (1919), Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201), Shams Tabrizi (1185), Saadi Shirazi (1210), Jami (1414), Attar of Nishapur (1145), and Magtymguly Pyragy (1733).