Translation, Revolutionary Praxis, and the Enigma of Manūchihr Hizārkhānī

Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Eskandar and Mohajer, Nasser. 2022. Translation, Revolutionary Praxis, and the Enigma of Manūchihr Hizārkhānī. In: , ed. Iran, Palestine, 1979, 1982: The Fate of Third-Worldism in the Middle East. London and New York: Oneworld Publications. [Book Section] (Forthcoming)

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The life, writings, and example of Iranian intellectual, translator, and political activist, Manūchihr Hizārkhānī, 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 Bihrangī, Jalāl Ᾱl-i Ahmad, and Mustafā Shuʿāiyān. 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 (Shawrā-i millī-i muqāvimat-i Iran) as well as his unalloyed and profoundly disconcerting defense of the Organization of the People’s Mujāhidīn of Iran (Sāzmān-e mujāhidīn-i khalq-i 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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27 Jun 2022 12:29

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26 Jan 2023 18:59


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