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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. 4, pp. 7–8

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 4, pp. 7–8

June 20, 1907

(p.85) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 4, pp. 7–8
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents a column published on June 20, 1907, referring to two incidents in Quchān district in Khorasan, near the Russian frontier, in 1905. The first incident involves the sale of young girls to Turkman traffickers; the second involves Turkman raiders's killing of peasants and taking of some sixty captives, including a number of young girls. Dehkhodā's ironic response is cast as a cabaret performance supposedly given by the captive girls for the amusement of their captors and their confederates. Their tasnif (akin to the revolutionary ballads composed by poets such as 'Āref) enables Dehkhodā to highlight the impotence and complacency of Persia's rulers in the face of domestic and foreign oppression.

Keywords:   Quchān district, cabaret performance, satire, tasnif, foreign oppression, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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