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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. 3, p. 8

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 2, No. 3, p. 8

March 8, 1909

(p.309) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 2, No. 3, p. 8
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents a column published on March 8, 1909, featuring a draft of a royal letter to the Swiss Parliament. Unlike the shah's letter in Sur-e Esrāfil (SE), series 2, no. 1, this specimen is undoubtedly attributable to Dehkhodā. The bastinado was a peculiarly Iranian form of discipline, designed to inflict severe pain without breaking a limb. The two essential implements mentioned here are the switch or cane (chub) and the falak or falakeh. In its basic form, the latter is a wooden pole with a slackened cord tied at each end to make a loop; the victim is laid on his back with his legs stretched out in front, and the cord is looped over his ankles and tightened by twisting the pole, which is held by two men so that his legs are immobilized while a third canes the soles of his feet. The author's final potshot at the pādshāh implies that the shah's ruinous policies may have left him without even the postage to mail his gift package to Bern.

Keywords:   Swiss Parliament, shah, Iran, bastinado, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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