Ali Akbar Dehkhoda: Literary Accomplishments and Religious Reforms of Sur-e Esrafil

This article was published in Iran Namag, Series 2, Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2016, co-authored with John Perry.


Ali Akbar Dehkhodā (1879–1956) a gifted linguist and well-known constitutionalist, is primarily remembered for his extensive Persian language lexicon, Loghatnameh, published in the mid 20th century. In fact, he was a true renaissance man who was well-versed in a number of fields and pioneered a dramatic number of discourses in the early 20th century. Dehkhda was an intellectual with a classical and a Shi‘i Islamic education, a former diplomat, a poet and wordsmith, a social democrat activist, and polemicist, an early advocate of women’s rights, and a journalist with a deadline, among others.

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