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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 2, No. 2, pp. 7–8

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 2, No. 2, pp. 7–8

February 6, 1909

(p.304) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 2, No. 2, pp. 7–8
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents a column published on February 6, 1909, which can be read as a satire of Dehkhodā's cohort, young social democrats who could not make sense of their “scientific” understanding of modern political economy and did not understand why what they read in The Wealth of the Nations, The Communist Manifesto, and Das Kapital could not be applied to their Eastern nation. Iranian social democrats had recently been introduced to the field of political economy and were busy making sense of works by Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The problem they faced was how to fit these new theoretical concepts to the reality in Iran. Socialists including Dehkhodā debated whether precapitalist Iranian society had to go through a capitalist stage of production before it could reach a utopian socialist order.

Keywords:   social democrats, satire, social order, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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