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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. 2, pp. 9–10

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 2, pp. 9–10

June 6, 1907

(p.73) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 2, pp. 9–10
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents a column published on June 6, 1907, that features a letter from a supposed friend in Tehran, as well as Dakhow's reply to it—both of which target the indiscriminate sale of high-sounding titles to personalities, functionaries, or nonentities under the Qajar monarchy. Nominally conferred by the sovereign, many such honorifics were in fact obtained by bribes from the honoree or his associates. Dakhow's mock-indignant reply, extolling the virtues of an arguably even less patriotic functionary, Arfa' al-Dowleh (“Highest in the state”), shows that already possessing a title did not disqualify one from adding more.

Keywords:   honorifics, Qajar monarchy, bribery, Iran, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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