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A Scholar for our Times: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Shahrokh Meskoob

Published Date: December 12, 2021

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March 21, 2022
6.125 x 9.25

About the Book

This book is part of a series of Iranian Studies publications made possible by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University.


Shahrokh Meskoob was an Iranian writer and intellectual, who was born in Babol, on the Caspian coast, in 1924 and died in Paris in 2005. Imprisoned in the mid-1950s for leftist activities, he was forced to leave the country following the Islamic Revolution of 1979, after publishing two critical articles in the Ayandegan newspaper in Tehran.


Meskoob’s literary analysis of the Shahnameh and the poetry of Hafez, and his book Iranian National Identity and the Persian Language, all translated into English, demonstrate his view that national identity meant cultural identity and that modernity in Iran should be based upon an understanding of the best of Iranian culture.


This book celebrates Meskoob’s life and work in eight essays by prominent Iranian scholars and in a selection of facsimiles of his papers, now archived at Stanford University.


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Preface , ix

Building an Archive
Stanford Libraries and the Papers of Shahrokh Meskoob, 
C. Ryan Perkins 

Sixty-Three Years of Friendship, 
Hassan Kamshad

The Final Question, 3
Ahmad Meskoob

Some Recollections, 9
Gita Ostovani

Shahrokh Meskoob and the Question of Iranian Cultural Identity, 1
Ali Banuazizi

Meskoob’s Reading of Iranian Mythology, 9
Bahram Beyzaie 

A Contemporary Voice Who is Still Contemporary, 51
Reza Farokhfal 

Translating Meskoob In Pursuit of Iranian Cultural Identity
M.R. Ghanoonparvar

“Leaving, Staying, Returning” 
The Concern for Form in Three Narrative Texts of Shahrokh Meskoob , 75
Sorour Kasmaï 

Meskoob’s Modernity, 91
Abbas Milani

Shahrokh Meskoob: A Bibliography of Major Works, 105

A Selection from the Meskoob Collection at Stanford, 196–109 (read from right to left)

Index, 199

About the Author

Raised in Iran, Abbas Milani was sent to be educated in California in the 1960s. He became politically active and in 1974 received a PhD in Political Science. He returned to Tehran and taught at the National University but was imprisoned by the Pahlavi regime in 1977. After the revolution he became a professor at Tehran University, but by 1986 his utopian illusions had been shattered and he emigrated to the United States. Dr. Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. His works include, Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir, The Persian Sphinx: Amir-Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution, Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran, and a translation of Houshang Golshiri’s King of the Benighted.

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