28 Mordad


28 Mordad
by Farah Rusta

Dr Mashallah Ajoudani is arguably the most influential as well as controvertial Iranian historian and literary scholar of the past two decades. His ground breaking first book, Mashrute Irani va pish zamineh velayete faqih, published in 1997, has been reprinted seven times and has shattered the established views of the constitutional revolution of 1906-07 and its implications. The book, initially banned in Iran, has been the subject of hot debates among the leading historians and even discussed in the seminary schools of Qum  Ajoudan's two other books entitled ya marg ya tajaddod and  Hedayat, boofe koor va nasionalism, give us a thorough and fresh outlook on the topics of modernity and nationalism.

In this recent interview with the BBC Persian TV, Ajoudani throws a new light on the events before and after 28 Mordad 1332 (19 August 1953). While to Ajoudani it is a matter of fact that the fall of Mossadegh was as a result of a foriegn assisted coup d'etat, he maintains that the weak and wrong policies of Mossadegh, on the one hand, and the absence of well established political and social institutions, on the other,  left no solution other than a coup to break the political deadlock. In Ajoudani's opinion, the coup was a necessary evil. The most important part of Ajoudan's interview, however, is his blaming the blind and biased intellectual movement of Iran for its ignorant and prejudicial treatment of the phenomenal achievements of the Pahlavi era. In Ajoudani's opinion the giant strides taken in this era were disregarded and even condemned by the political thinkers during the reign of both Reza Shah and Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi simply becuase the two kings were allegedly installed through a coup. Ajoudani believes that this blind rejection of all the gains of the Pahlavi era, by its political thinkers and critics, compounded the existing conpiratorial mentality of the Iranians and pushed them to blame all their ills on foreign forces, which in turn brought them the dire consequences that are now history.

Please see Mashallah Ajoudani's interview using the link below:  


ps - Not all the views expressed in this interview are agreeable with those of the author's. 


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I never see you in the same light as our sQed friend. You have, charisma, you are intelligent, witty, you love the bottle, perhaps a litttle over zelous but still fun to argue with. I think you are also fair. You only ask the Pahlavis to disclose the source of  their income/wealth. You don't charge them with unfitting allegations which is a way different from those shout their head off with insults. Keep it up pal,  you never know you may be changed one day :)


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The Pahlavis, all mullahs, and all public figures associated with the Green Movement  must disclose the source and the amount of their wealth/income.

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Oops I just noticed you after 5 months!!

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No offence Q but as you see no one considered you as an informed or erudite  commenter worthy of reponse! The message is: Q off!  



NOT your views Parkhash?

by Q on

That's interesting: Monarchists like yourself have been trying to dishonor Mossadegh for decades, what else is new?

"misguided policies" while the nation was under British Imperial encirclement? This is AFTER Mossadegh offered a 50/50 split of Oil profits with the British and THEY STIL WANTED MORE?

Yea, you WOULD say that Parkhash.

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Very good. Thank you.

by benross on

Very good. Thank you.

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by Darius Kadivar on

Thanks for sharing. I guess that historical knowledge on this era is indeed evolving and open to a necessary debate.