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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. 32, pp. 7–8

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 32, pp. 7–8

June 20, 1908

(p.291) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 32, pp. 7–8
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents Dehkhodās final column before he and his newspaper had to flee Iran. Dehkhodā predicts the June 1908 coup, while maintaining a sense of levity. On June 4 the shah, accompanied by the Cossack Brigade, decamped to his garden Bāgh-e Shāh, outside the city gates. People in Tehran panicked. Soon a thousand supporters of the Majlis surrounded the building, and negotiations with the royalists began. Many supporters slept on the roof of the Majlis to shield it from an ambush. Sayyid Hasan Taqizādeh, a leading member of the First Majlis, continued to negotiate with the shah, who refused to back down. On June 20, the day this column appeared, Mohammad-Ali Shah issued his conditions for ending the siege, a list that amounted to an end of the constitutional order. On June 23 the shah's Russian troops bombarded the Majlis, and the constitution was suspended. A number of constitutionalists were arrested while Dehkhodā took sanctuary at the British legation and eventually fled the country.

Keywords:   Iran, Mohammad-Ali Shah, Majlis, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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