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Title The true dream : Indictment of the Shiite clerics of Isfahan, an English translation with facing Persian Text / Ali-Asghar Seyed-Gohrab and Senn McGlinn
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series Iranian Studies ; 35
Iranian studies (London, England) ; 35
Contents Introduction -- Translation of The true dream
Summary The True Dream is a Persian satirical drama set in Isfahan in the lead up to Iran's Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911. Although its three authors hail from the clerical class, they criticize the arrogance, corruption and secularity of the Iranian ruling dynasty and clergy, taking Isfahan as their example. The work blends fact and fiction by summoning the prominent men of the city to account for themselves on the Day of Judgment. God speaks offstage, delivering withering judgements of their behaviour. The dream of the authors is a vision of an Iran governed by law, where justice prevails and the clergy are honestly religious. This book has the Persian and English translation on facing pages. The introduction presents brief biographies of the authors - who wrote anonymously, but were all executed. One of the authors was the father of Mohammad-Ali Jamâlzâdeh, a pioneer of modern Persian fiction, and The True Dream was one of the first dramas, in European style, to be written in Persian. The book shows that today's struggle for a modern society began more than a century ago, and then and now pivots on the role of the Islamic clerics (the ulama). Using colloquial language, this first English translation of a significant and humorous Persian satirical drama will prove an accessible and valuable resource for students of Persian. By marking a significant point in the influence of Western political philosophy and Western drama on the Persian intellectual classes, this book will also appeal to students and scholars of Middle Eastern History and Political Science
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Persian drama -- Translations into English
Persian literature -- Translations into English
DRAMA -- Middle Eastern.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- Iran.
Persian drama.
Persian literature.
Qajar Dynasty (Iran)
Iran -- History -- 1905-1911.
Iran -- History -- Qajar dynasty, 1794-1925.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Malek-al-Motkallemin, author
McGlinn, Sen, translator.
Seyed-Gohrab, A. A. (Ali Asghar), 1968- translator.
Seyyed Jamâl-al-Din Wâ ʻez, author
Sheykh Ahmad Kermâni, author
ISBN 1315403897