Translation, Revolutionary Praxis, and the Enigma of Manuchehr Hezarkhani

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar and Mohajer, Nasser. 2024. Translation, Revolutionary Praxis, and the Enigma of Manuchehr Hezarkhani. In: Rasmus C. Elling and Sune Haugbølle, eds. The Fate of Third Worldism in the Middle East: Iran, Palestine and Beyond. London and New York: Oneworld Publications. ISBN 9780861547289 [Book Section] (In Press)

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The life, writings, and example of Iranian intellectual, translator, and political activist, Manuchihr Hezarkhani, who passed away on 18 March 2022, touched the lives of a generation of Iranian students, intellectuals, and militants, including several of twentieth century Iran’s towering literati, including Samad Behrangi, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, and Mostafa Shoʿaiyan. In this article we provide a sketch of his contribution to the intellectual and political life of modern Iran, without evading the stark contradiction between his critical intellect and erudition, steadfast commitment to anti-colonial liberation movements, redoubtable championing of the causes of freedom and democracy before and during the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79, and practical political involvement with the National Resistance Council of Iran (Showra-e melli-e moqavemat-e Iran) as well as his unalloyed and profoundly disconcerting defense of the Organization of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (Sazman-e mojahedin-e khalq-e Iran), following his exile in Paris in 1981.

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Iran, translation, postcolonialism, anticolonialism, socialism, Global South, Third World

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18 June 2022Accepted
4 January 2024Published

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27 Jun 2022 12:29

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03 Aug 2023 07:58


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