Iraj is a Persian given name.
Iraj may refer to:
- Iraj (son of Freydun), a character in Ferdowsi's Šāhnāme
People with the given name Iraj:
- Iraj Danaeifard, Iranian footballer
- Iraj Ghaderi, Iranian actor
- Iraj Janatie Ataie, Iranian poet, lyricist and playwright
- Iraj, Hossein Khajeh Amiri, Persian traditional vocalist
- Iraj Malekpour, Iranian Professor of Space Physics
- Iraj Mirza, Iranian poet
- Iraj Pezeshkzad, Iranian novelist
- Iraj Rad, Iranian actor
- Iraj Raminfar, Iranian art director
- Iraj Weeraratne, Sri Lankan R&B artist
Iraj Fernando, Sri Lankan Born Chef Regional American, Adventuresome and Global~Fusion Food compoaer
Iraj is a given name.
Iraj may also refer to:
- Iraj, East Azerbaijan
- Iraj, Isfahan
- Iraj, North Khorasan
Iraj (; Pahlavi: Ērič; from Avestan: Āiriyā) is a character in the Persian epic Šāhnāme. Based on Iranian mythology, he is the youngest son of Freydun. In the Avestan legends, Pahlavi literature, Sasanian-based Arabic and Persian sources, and particularly in Šāhnāme, he is considered the name-giver of the Iranian nation, the ancestor of their royal houses, and a paragon of those slain in defense of just causes.
When Freydun divides his kingdom, he gives Iraj the farr, as well as the heartland of Iran. Salm and Tur conspire and kill Iraj. The revenge for the murder of the innocent king pits the clan of Iraj, supported by King Freydun, against the clan of Tur. Subsequently, Manučehr, Iraj's grandson from a slave maiden, kills both Salm and Tur. As for Freydun, he abdicated in favor of his grandson, Manučehr.
Firdawsi - The Murder of Iraj - Walters W60230B - Full Page.jpg|A page from Šāhnāme, in Walters Art Museum, showing the murder of Iraj by his brothers Salm and Tur murder Iraj.jpg|Murder scene of Iraj by his brothers, Salm and Tur, from National Library of Russia, St Petersburg – The calligraphy in the margins are Nastaliq