SATIRE: Lookalikes Abbas Milani and Nasseredin Shah ;0)


SATIRE: Lookalikes Abbas Milani and Nasseredin Shah ;0)
by Darius Kadivar

I fell upon this photo of Qajar King Nasseredin Shah made during a Trip to Paris in the mid 1800's and found a striking resemblance with historian and scholar Abbas Milani.

About Abbas Milani:

Abbas Milani (born 1949) (عباس میلانی) is an Iranian-American historian, Iranologist, and author. Milani is a Visiting Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. He is also a Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. Milani has found evidence that Persian modernism dates back to more than 1000 years ago. He is the author of several outstanding historial books such as Eminent Persians: Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979, (Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2 volumes, November, 2008); King of Shadows: Essays on Iran’s Encounter with Modernity, Persian text published in the U.S. (Ketab Corp., Spring 2005); Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Persian Modernity in Iran, (Mage 2004); The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution (Mage, 2000); Modernity and Its Foes in Iran (Gardon Press, 1998); Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir (Mage 1996); On Democracy and Socialism, a collection of articles coauthored with Faramarz Tabrizi (Pars Press, 1987); and Malraux and the Tragic Vision (Agah Press, 1982).

More on Milani Here

About Nasseredin Shah:

Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar (July 16, 1831 – May 1, 1896) was the King and Shah of Persia from September 17, 1848 to May 1, 1896 when he was assassinated. He was the son of Mohammad Shah Qajar and the third longest reigning monarch king in Persian history after Shapur II of the Sassanid Dynasty and Tahmasp I of the Safavid Dynasty. He had sovereign power for close to 50 years and was also the first Persian monarch to ever write and publish his diaries.

More on Nasseredin Shah Here

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another Mullahzadeh Qajari Pseudoprofessor with an agenda


Milani was a communist subversive revolutionary who worked closely with Mr. Khomeini to overthrow the Pahlavi Monarchy. Then he worked closely with Rafsanjani and Moussavi to install the Islamic Republic.  In his memoirs "tale of two cities" he provides a picture of his grandfather, Ayatolla Milani, a milionaire mullah. His perspective on Pahlavi is tainted and biased. In addition, he proudly boasts that he habitually feigned poverty. He has wormed his way into academic stardom. How will he fall from grace? As they say, what goes around comes around.

Darius Kadivar

I don't think he knows but no offence was intended ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

I don't think he knows but I hope it will make him laugh ;0)

I admire him both as an author and historian so my observation is nothing but a friendly tease.


Uncanny resemblence. Great

by vildemose on

Uncanny resemblence. Great find. Does Milani know about this?