Zadroze Ahmad-eh Kasravi


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan
by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Zadrozeh Ahmadeh Kasravi,

Ahmad Kasravi was in my opinion one of the greatest minds of Iran in the 20th century. He was born to a religious Muslim family in Azarbayejan and through his open mind and inquisitive nature went far beyond most Iranians of his time and even now. Sadly he was murdered by an Islamic fanatic one of Nawab Safavi's followers by orders from Ayatollahs Boroujerdi and Ayatollah Sadr. This robbed Iranians of one of the most far seeing minds and left us with the likes of Shariati and Al Ahmad. If people had listened to Kasravri instead of Shariati Iran would not be where it is now. In fact we may have freed ourselves from the chains of superstition on which the Mullahs and Ayatollahs feed and live.

In his life Kasravi was honest to a fault. His absolute honesty and insistence on telling it as he saw it made him many enemies. But he never compromised his integrity. He wrote many books critical of what he found to be faults that were keeping Iran back. It is interesting to read them and then watch the current debates on Islam; Quoran; Bahaism; Sufi gari and so on. Much of the current day debate both in the West; the East and on IC is name calling; threats of book burning and plain out stupid. One big problem in the current debate is lack of knowledge and lack of respect. People react emotionally based on flawed information and propaganda. In these times what is needed is real critical thinking. Thankfully Kasravi provides us with very intelligent yet respectful and knowledgeable criticisms of all of these religions and factions. I am not going to repeat Kasravi's arguments. However I like to encourage people to read his books. In the context of religions read his book on Islam; Shia and Bahaism. On spirituality his book "Varjavand Bonyad" is a masterpiece which I recommend to all regardless of their current beliefs: all you need is an open mind and a working knowledge of written Persian.

It is impossible to say enough good things about this man. A true manifestation of what an Iranian can really achieve. His life embodies both the greatness of human mind as well as the traditional response of the dim witted and frightened Islamists.

I am not qualified to write much more about such a great man. However I would like to encourage all to read his books.

Here are some links:


I request that you all post here and condemn his murder. Fadayyan Islam and their moral allies today may have succeeded in murdering Kasravi but they will never silence the voice of reason. We shall persevere until light shines on the lies which hold Iranians prisoner in ignorance and all darkness is vanquished.


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Farah Rusta

Dear VPK

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Thanks for you measured and balanced response and indeed for this Yaad-vaareh.


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Farah Jan

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Points taken.

I already agreed with you that we should not worship heroes. That includes Kasravi. He was a great man but made mistakes. In fact he made a number of mistakes. Another one was his views on "beneficial" like sheep vs. "destructive" animals like wolves. We now know that the ecosystem requires a balance including lions and wolves. 

So while I truly respect him I don't expect him to be right 100%. He was a man and had faults like all men. We can't all be perfect as the VF :-)

DK Jan. You don't need to wait for the blame game, his murder has *already* been blamed on the Shah !! Not by me but I have read the allegations. To me the blame is clearly with the Islamist nut jobs.




He was by no means an intellectual. He was only an honest, angry man who lived differently, and died differently compared to the masses. That's all...

My heart is true as steel.

Ali P.

"Ghatleh Kasravi"

by Ali P. on an excellent book, by Nasser Pakdaman, that gives a detailed account of the conspiracy to get rid of this great man.

His murder was a huge setback for the age of Reason in Iran.

He, rest assured, lives on.

Darius Kadivar

Thanks for the Reminder VPK Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

Although I am no expert on Kasravi or Persian Literature but Roohash Shad ...   Bet Moshiri's next Brilliant Historical Assessment will be to blame the Pahlavis for his assassination too ...        

MOSHIRI's COLD HAND's: Bahram Moshiri Slams Pahlavi Era Gun Ban Policies         

Recommended Blogs:            

HISTORY FORUM: Ahmad Kasravi's Life, Assassination and Intellectual Legacy 64 years On ...    

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Ahmad Kasravi and secretary assassinated (1946)

Farah Rusta

I condemn his murderers unequivocally but ...

by Farah Rusta on

by no means am I prepared I give a seal of approval to some of Kasravi's extremist views. The trouble with some of our great intellectuals, like Kasravi, is that when they get it wrong, they get it horrendously wrong. Kasravi's unfounded assault on Hafez (and to some degree on Sufism) is a dark patch on this otherwise shining star of Iran's liberal thinkers. His book, "Hafiz, che migooyad" is totally ignorant of the fact that Hafiz, Rumi, Attar, and many other prominent gnostic poets of our history were the guardians and promoters of the most noble of ancient Persia's intellectual movements, i.e., Hikmat-e Khosravani

How could Kasravi be so out of touch with such a reality? 



VPK, Thanks

by Cost-of-Progress on

for this rememeberance and celebration of one of Iran's true sons. Unfortunately, as I have noted many times, until - and unless - we Iranians stop believing the non-sense spewed by the anti-Iran clergy and their paid goons who support them either due to their own ignorant beliefs, or due to the fact that it serves personal interests, we are bound to remain in the viscious circle of ignorance and mental filth.

Our problem has been, is and will be Islam. Our never-ending pursuit of this religion and the desire to allow it to govern every aspect of our every day lives.

What we need is for our people to wake up, much like the Europeans did over 500 years ago during the Renaissance. It took them 300 years to fully shed the shackles of religion, but they did it. Persian civilization is far older than Europe. If we hope to preserve our culture and identity, we MUST have our own renaissance. Without it, we will fizzle into the dust bin of history. If we stay this destructive course, the ironic thing would be that it took 1400 years for that to happen, but it will happen if we keep embracing Islam as the guiding light that it isn't.

Here's the definiton of Renaissance that I found interesting:

"The activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world."




Maryam Hojjat

VP of Khorasan, Thanks

by Maryam Hojjat on

for remembering this great scholar of our country IRAN.  Mr. Bahram Moshiri has a picture of him on his program along side with Dr. Mosadegh, Ferdousi and Satar Khan. 


روحش شاد و یادش گرامی


May he rest in peace and may his assassin burn in hell.


May we be amongst those who are to bring about the transfiguration of the Earth - Yasna XXX 9