Laleh Bakhtiar

Iranian academic (1938-2020)

Laleh Mehree Bakhtiar (July 29, 1938 – October 18, 2020) was an Iranian-American author, translator and clinical psychologist.[1][2] He was born in New York City. She translated and wrote a total of 25 books about Islam, many were about Sufism.[3]

She also authored or co-authored many biographical works. Her translation of the Qur'an, published in 2007 and called The Sublime Quran, is the first translation of the Qur'an into English by an American woman.[4][5]

Bakhtiar died on October 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois from leukemia at the age of 82.[6]


  1. John Colson, Symposium focuses on Muslim women Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback Machine Aspen Times, August 15, 2007
  2. Hanady Kader, Online Matchmaking Sites Court U.S. Muslims, WeNews, May 29, 2008.
  3. Disobedient Muslim Women
  4. Andrea Useem, Laleh Bakhtiar: An American Woman Translates the Qur'an Publishers Weekly, April 16, 2007
  5. Aslan, Reza (20 November 2008). "How To Read the Quran". Slate. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  6. Ardalan, Davar. "Courage, Temperance, Justice and the Enduring Wisdom of the late Scholar Laleh Bakhtiar". Retrieved 18 October 2020.