Uniting Iran and America in life and death: a tribute to Professor Richard N. Frye

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Professor Richard N. Frye

from Professor Frye's own website.

Professor Richard N. Frye

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Richard N. Frye’s final request has been to be buried to his beloved city of Isfahan. Even the noted conservative president Ahmadinejad agreed to this honor. Frye’s hope has been that his burial in Isfahan would help unite the two countries he loved so.

  • Eden Naby

    Thank you for this clearly stated understanding of what my husband worked to promote.

  • Dear Dr. Naby, what an honor to hear from you. There has been an immense outpouring of love and respect from so many people (beyond the Iranian community, and the scholarly community) towards your husband, and the values that he and you so beautifully embody. Our love, respect, and condolences to you.

  • Mehrzad

    Dr. Naby,
    Please accept my condolences on behalf of myself and my fellow compatriots. I truly believe mankind has lost a true gem. I will make sure to put flowers on his grave next time I am in Iran.

  • Mehrzad

    Dr. Safi,
    Thank you for writing this article on such as sad event. I know mankind has lost one of the greats. The world is a lesser place now that he is no longer with us.

  • Hossein

    R. Frye is amazing, just watch a video of him speaking Persian. Surely I will visit his grave to pay my respect.
    Fry is not dead since as Saadi said: A man who is remembered by his good deeds and qualities never dies (modeh anast ke namash be nekui nabarand)

  • Malek-Khosrow Khazaee

    I met Professor Frye in Tehran during a conference in which President Ahmadinejad presented to the Professor the key of a traditional house as an award. The house is located in the city of Isfahan. Subsequently, Professor Frye delivered a lecture to the invited guests from abroad. Professor Frye’s books, especially in ancient Iranian culture and civilization, are very impressive.

  • anonymous

    God Bless his shinning, exemplary, and noble soul. It is all humanity, not politics, nor religion pretense.

    Ruh-e-shaan shaad.
    May his memory be blessed.
    Inna lilah wa inna ilayhi raji’un

  • Dr. Nabi, my condolences. I was in a class on central Asia taught by both you and Dr. Frye at Harvard in late 80s. He was a jewel that we will all cherish forever…

  • Tanaz Bharami

    What a great loss for Iran and the world. He was truly a shining example of a great human being. God bless his soul. My deepest condolences to his own family and his greater family Iranians.

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  • Vahid Tayebi

    Dear Dr. Safi,
    First, our sincerest condolences to Dr. Naby and the family for the loss of Professor Frye. We all value and treasure the work he has done for our part of the world.
    And, thank you Dr. Safi for the remembrance of this great scholar.
    Vahid Tayebi

  • Toofan

    It takes great courage to turn against the tide like Prof. Frye did in the media when zealots wanted to start a war between the US and Iran from 2001 to 2008. He pointed out what made war wrong: Humanity.

    His work is brilliant, and his knowledge of our culture and history was amazing. I have his books and encourage my half-Iranien, half-European children to study them.

    We will visit and put flowers on his grave when we go to Iran. My deepest condolences.

  • Jamshid Moori

    People of the greater Iran and all friends of Iran have lost with sadness a great man who spent all his life on studying and researching our ancient culture and heritage. We should never forget him and his contributions, I am sure his grave in Sepahan (Isfahan) would become a pilgrimage centre for lovers of Persian and Iranian heritage. روانش شاد باد

  • Houchang D. Modanlou, M.D.

    My sincere condolences to Professor Richard Frye’s family and to all Iranians who admired him as a historian and as a man of principles. Few years ago, I spent 10 minutes in conversation with Professor Frye when he visited University of California Irvine. His love for Iran, its history and culture and the Iranians was genuine and pure. I shall visit his gravesite in Isfahan and pay my respect to a great historian and Iranologist.

  • B. Tony Towfighi

    My sincerest condolences to Dr. Naby and esteemed family. We will forever treasure the great work Professor Frye has done with courage, brilliance and enduring love.

    May he rest in peace. We will never forget him and his contributions.

  • Adi

    Dr.Frye will be missed, I only hope that we can all learn from his
    example of cultural friendship.

  • Paul Sheldon Foote

    I had the good fortune to have known Professor Frye while a student at Harvard University. He came several times to my Harvard University apartment to enjoy my wife Badri’s Persian dinners. He invited me to dinner at his home in Shiraz, Iran. On a trip to speak at UCLA, I was able to meet him again. My review of his book Greater Iran appears at Amazon.com:

  • Kamilia Kar

    I had a pleasure of meeting Dr. Frye in Dar e Mehr (Zoroastrian Fire Temple) in San Jose, CA, a few years ago. He was a great man and a true “Iran-doost.” As Iranians, we will never forget his contributions to Iranian culture and history. It will be an honor to have him buried in Iran.

    May he rest in peace.

  • Mohammad Hajivandi

    Next time in Isfahan, I shall visit Irandoost.

  • mojgan

    I am as a Iranian love Dr . Richard Frye and I am honor to have him buried in Esfahan.

  • mojgan

    I hope his family get permission from Iranian president.

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  • Bita A.

    What a great loss and what an honor to have him buried in Isfahan..
    I wish my fellow Iranians would just think a little like Dr. Frye…“I don’t pay any attention to governments. I pay attention to people.”

    and as Dr. Safi said, “This world needs more examples like Richard Frye.”

  • Coral Angel

    What gives Professor Frye a right to ask for a Mausoleum in the historic city of Isfahan!! Just because he loved it and chose to study Iranian history? Would any renaissance scholar or Italian history aficionado be allowed to build a mausoleum for himself in the city of Florence??? If Professor Frye was so keen on being close to Iran after his death, if there is indeed any meaning in that, he could have asked for his ashes to be scattered in any corner of it!!! I am sure no one would object to that, even Iranian hardliners! His last wish marks a certain self aggrandizement rather the more needed quality of humility amongst us humans!

  • Paul Sheldon Foote

    The mausoleum exists already in Isfahan. American Iranologists Arthur Pope and Phyllis Ackerman are buried there already. Professor Frye wanted to share a place in the same mausoleum.

  • Coral Angel

    Of course the Mausoleum is there. But why should it be there? What gave Pope the right? Pope is another presumptuous and pompous individual who has inserted himself into the history of the city and the country!!!! That does not justify Frye wanting a share of that pomposity!!! At least there is no need to aggrandize him for it!

  • Mahnaz

    Dear DR. Naby, the loss of Professor Fry is a great loss for the Iranian community , we want to let you know that what the hardliners are doing it is NOT what the Iranian people want , it is a great honor to Iranian people that he had asked to be burried in Iran. It will be the biggest loss for Iran if the government of Iran does not allow his will to take place. It is certainly against the Islamic and Iranian principle to block a person’s will. . We want to let you know that Iran will never have another person like professor Frye. Roheshan shad

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