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Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197990

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197990.001.0001

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Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 29, pp. 7–8

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 29, pp. 7–8

May 13, 1908

(p.271) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 29, pp. 7–8
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents a column published on May 13, 1908, featuring a piece entitled Sani' al-Dowleh's Dream. Mortazā-qoli Sani' al-Dowleh (“Artisan of the state”) had studied mineralogy in Berlin and Brussels, and reportedly had been interested in building a railroad system in Iran from an early age. In 1910, he began negotiating with the German Deutsche Orient Bank in Iran to raise funds for the railroad project, much to the consternation of the British and Russian governments. On February 6, 1911, he was assassinated by two of his Georgian employees in Tehran. The public blamed the Russian government, and anti-Russian sentiment dramatically increased, whereupon the Russian legation arranged for the transfer of the assassins to Transcaucasia. The anonymous author of this piece includes a prologue arguing tongue in cheek for an idealistic view of progress and spins a fanciful alternative explanation for the debacle, in which international humanitarian motives trump the hero's initiative.

Keywords:   Mortazā-qoli Sani' al-Dowleh, railroad, Iran, assassination, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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