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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. 6, pp. 6–8

Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 6, pp. 6–8

July 4, 1907

(p.99) Sur-e Esrāfil, Series 1, No. 6, pp. 6–8
Charand-o Parand

Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā

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This chapter presents a column published on July 4, 1907, featuring a miniature first-person bildungsroman that may be Dehkhodā's most daring departure from verisimilitude among the many elastic near-fantasies in the Charand-o Parand narratives. Here the naïve young Kerendi, or Candide, makes his mystified way after a perfunctory religious “education” through a selfish and corrupt society where “religion” eludes him, as it seems to elude so many others. The column also includes a criticism of Habl al-Matin (The firm cable), the most influential Tehran daily in 1907–08; a short piece about the Ministry of the Interior; and another on a workers's strike at Shah Abd al-Azim.

Keywords:   bildungsroman, religion, Habl al-Matin, Ministry of the Interior, Shah Abd al-Azim, Charand-o Parand, Ali-Akbar Dehkhodā, Sur-e Esrāfil, Iranian newspaper columns

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