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The Discovery of Iran: Taghi Arani, a Radical Cosmopolitan

Ali Mirsepassi


This book examines the history of Iranian nationalism afresh through the life and work of Taghi Arani, the founder of Iran's first Marxist journal, Donya. In his quest to imagine a future for Iran open to the scientific riches of the modern world and the historical diversity of its own people, Arani combined Marxist materialism and a cosmopolitan ethics of progress. He sought to reconcile Iran to its post-Islamic past, rejected by Persian purists and romanticized by their traditionalist counterparts, while orienting its present toward the modern West in all its complex and conflicting facets. ... More

Keywords: Taghi Arani, Iran, Persian language, cosmopolitanism, Berlin, Donya magazine, Persian nationalism, Iranian intellectuals, myth of Aryanism, interwar period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781503629141
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503629141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ali Mirsepassi, author
New York University