HISTORY FORUM: Mashallah Ajoudani on Intellectuals and the Revolution


HISTORY FORUM: Mashallah Ajoudani on Intellectuals and the Revolution
by Darius Kadivar

BBC Hard Talk with historian Dr. Mashallah Ajoudani member of the Library of Iranian Studies. The Topic is the role of Intellectuals and the Revolution of 1979 as well as the drift between Secular Modernity and Religious Activism.

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Mashallah Ajoudani debates with Fatemeh Haghighatjoo on the incompatibility between Religion and Human Rights ( VOA Persian):

Mashallah Ajoudani on Enghelabe Mashrote Iran aka the Constitutional Revolution and The Pahlavi Dynasty's Achilles' Heal (i.e: Lack of Political Freedom) and pros & Cons of Their progressive minded Dynasty :

Mostafa Tajzadeh:Former deputy Interior Minister's speech a month before June 2009 elections ( Arrested Since):

Tajzadeh ( his name means "born with a Crown") speaks about all the social Freedoms which existed prior to the revolution and Khomeiny's desire to change the Constitution. 


About Mashallah Ajoudani:

Mashallah Ajoudani was born in 1950 in Amol (Mazandaran, Iran). He obtained his Master degree and PhD in Persian language and literature from Tehran University. He was a student of famous scholars such as Ahmad Mahdavi-Damghani, Seyed Ja’far Shahidi and Abdulhossein Zarrinkoub. His doctorate supervisor was Dr. M.R. Shafi’i-Kadkani and the title of his thesis as:  Critical Study of the Poetry of the Constitutional Era


Ajoudani worked for nearly seven years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature & Humanities at the University of Isfahan, teaching classical and modern Persian literature texts

In January 1987, he came to Britain and cooperated with late Manuchehr Mahjoubi, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Fasl-e Ketab, in publishing this journal and from the beginning he was the editor of this  publication. All together, thirteen issues of this journal were published in London 

Ajoudani is a founder member and the chairman of the Library for Iranian Studies (the largest Iranian library outside Iran) in London since 1991. He gives weekly lectures on poetry of Hafez and Rumi as well as topics in Persian mysticism 


His first book: “Mashroute-ye Irani va Pish Zamineha-ye Nazariye-ye Velayat-e Faqih”  (Iranian  Constitution and the  Background to the Guardianship of the Jurisconsult) was published in London  in 1997

His second book: “Ya Marg Ya Tajaddod” (Death or Modernity) is a collection of nine articles, which have been written and published in the past 18 years inside and outside Iran on the poetry and literature of the Iranian Constitutional Era 


In addition to these books, he has published more than 50 short and long articles in publications in Iran and abroad and his latest book: ”Hedayat, Boof-e Koor and Nationalism” was published in London in December 2006. This is a different literary review and critique of "Boof-e Koor” and other Hedayat’s works within the historical and cultural context of the modernity era. “Nationalism”, as one of the most important subject matter in Hedayat’s writings, is a pivotal point of discussion in this book.

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HISTORY FORUM: Nader Naderpour on Iran's Constitutional Revolution and European Rennaissance (1996)

HISTORY FORUM: The Age of Enlightment in France and Europe.


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Darius Kadivar

Farah Jaan Thanks for the link !

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Thanks for the link !


Farah Rusta

Excellent blog Darius jaan

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Dr Ajoudani is in my opinion the most insightful of our leading intellectuals. Here is the blog I published back in October last year on which you had kindly commenetd. In this vedo clip Ajoudani argues that 1953 fall of Mossadegh was an unavoidable (a necessity) fact but we should not keep the history at ransom for this incident and ignore all the remarkable achievements of the Pahlavi era.