Simin Behbahani Compares Khamenei's Rule to That of Gaddafi's


Simin Behbahani Compares Khamenei's Rule to That of Gaddafi's
by Darius Kadivar

In a Recent Telephone Conversation the brave Iranian poetess ( who still lives in Iran) expresses her joy upon hearing President Obama's Nowrooz Greetings where her poem was quoted and expressed hopes that Gaddafi's fate will be a lesson to Iran's Khamenei and the IRI's Henchmen. So does that make this Persian Lioness a Neo Con Warmonger too ? (sic) ...

A Few years ago in California Pop Singer Dariush sings Simin Behbahani's Patriotic Ode put to music:

About Simin Behbahani

Simin Beh'bahāni (born July 20 , 1927, TehranIran) is one of the most prominent figures of the modern Persian literature and one of the most outstanding amongst the contemporary Persian poets. She is Iran's national poet and an icon of the Iranian intelligentsia and literati who affectionately refer to her as the lioness of Iran. She has been nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in literature, and has "received many literary accolades around the world."

Simin Behbahani, whose real name is Simin Khalili isthe daughter of Abbās Khalili , poet, writer and Editor of the Eghdām(Action) newspaper, and Fakhr-e Ozmā Arghun , poet and teacher oftheFrench languageAbbās Khalili (1893–1971) wrote poetry in both Persian and Arabic and translated some1100 verses of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh into Arabic.Fakhr-e Ozmā Arghun (1898–1966) was one of theprogressive women of her time and a member of Kānun-e Nesvān-e Vatan'khāh (Association of Patriotic Women) between 1925 and 1929. In addition to her membership of Hezb-e Democrāt (Democratic Party) and Kānun-e Zanān (Women's Association), she was for a time (1932) Editor of the Āyandeh-ye Iran (Future of Iran) newspaper. She taught French at the secondary schools NāmusDār ol-Mo'allemāt and No'bāvegān in Tehran

Simin Behbahani started writing poetry at twelve and published her first poem at the age of fourteen. She used the"Char Pareh" style of Nima Yooshij and subsequently turned to ghazal.

Behbahani contributed to a historic development by adding theatrical subjects and daily events and conversations to poetry using the ghazal style of poetry. She has expanded the range of the traditional Persian verse forms and has produced some of the most significant works of the Persianliterature in 20th century.

She is President of The Iranian Writers' Association and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999 and 2002.

In early March 2010 shewas refused permission to leave the country. As she was about to board a plane to Paris, police detained her and interrogated her "all night long".She was released but without her passport. Her English translator (Farzaneh Milani) expressed surprise at the arrest as detention as Behbahani is 82 and nearly blind. "We all thought that she was untouchable. MoreHere

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Thanks for sharing

by omeedvar on

Simin Behbahani is one of the greatest and bravest Iranian poets. Thanks Darius for sharing this blog.

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Thanks, DK

by Maryam Hojjat on

for the video & bio of the brave poetess.

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I was shocked when I saw this cause Iran's Khamenei doesn't even appear in this list ... Let alone Ahmadinejad ! ... And this is supposed to be a serious magazine like Newsweek ? ...

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Your Welcome ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Great and Brave Lady Indeed !

Anahid Hojjati

Thanks Darius jan for your blog on Simin Behbehani

by Anahid Hojjati on

thanks for including a biography of her. She was born in 1927. It turns out that at least about ten of Iranian great poets of 20th century were born between 1925 and 1931. If I am not mistaken, "Simin Behbehani" was a literature teacher also.


thank you darius

by humanbeing on

i would add her to my post on brave, influential women with a voice,

but it would compromise her safety, so thank you for doing so.


(and the fact that she didn't get that ornamental pc piece of metal from stockholm yet may be another sign of real greatness) 



BTW :)

by R2-D2 on

I made this blog sometimes back about another collaboration between Simin and Dariush


"سوار خواهد آمد" - شعر: سیمین بهبهانی (سنگسار)، صدا: داریوش






A Delightful Lady ;) !

by R2-D2 on




Azadeh Azad

Bravest Iranian poet alive

by Azadeh Azad on

Thanks, Darius jan, for posting this telephone conversation. It's always heartwarming to hear Ms. Simin's voice and her warnings to the Iranian dictator.