Caravan of Islam

Sadegh Hedayat work published for first time

Bahram Choobineh has e-published "Kaarevaan e Eslaam" (Caravan of Islam) -- a work of Sadegh Hedaayat never before published. Read introduction by Choobineh. DOWNLOAD ENTIRE BOOK here


Khodadad Rezakhani

Never before published???

by Khodadad Rezakhani on

Hmmm, I know at LEAST three different editions of this, one of them previously published outside Iran. It was never published along with other Hedayat works by Amir Kabir (who was the usual publisher of Hedayat works), but along with Toop-e Morvari, this has been published before, usually without the consent of his family. Hedayat was a master and he is my favourite Iranian writer and one of my type five writers of all time. This, however, is not his best work. Even on the same theme, works such as Mazyar are much better...


Current censorship of his

by Anonymousd (not verified) on

Current censorship of his work:

His work is coming under increasing attack in Europe from political Islamists, and many of his novels (Haji Aqa in particular) are no longer stocked in some French bookshops and libraries. The novels The Blind Owl and Haji Aqa were banned from the 18th Tehran International Book Fair in 2005. The Blind Owl contains a great deal of Buddhist and Hindu imagery. In Haji Aqa his characters explore the lack of meritocracy in Iran:

In order for the people to be kept in line, they must be kept hungry, needy, illiterate, and superstitious. If the grocer's child becomes literate, he not only will criticise my speech, but he will also utter words that neither you nor I will understand.... What would happen if the forage-seller's child turns out intelligent and capable—and mine, the son of a Haji, turns out lazy and foolish?

In November 2006, republication of Hedayat's work in uncensored form was banned in Iran, as part of a sweeping purge. However, surveillance of book-stalls is limited and it is apparently still possible to purchase the originals second-hand. The official website is also still online.



Hedayat is still the best

by serious reader (not verified) on

Thank you Mr. Choobineh and "pn". It's stuff like this that make the day of many people like me on this site! I've been reading Toop-e Morvarid again recently and marvelling anew at Hedayat's genius. Alaviyeh Khanom, Haji Agha, this book, etc. -- nothing in contemporary Iranian writing comes close to them...


Re: Sad & disappointing II

by sz (not verified) on

It seems the somebody in question has not read Alavieh Khaanoom or for that matter most of Hedayat”s , what a pity.

The Dude

Re: Sad & disappointing

by The Dude on

Somebody hasn't read Toope Morvari!


Sad and disappointing

by Hooshyar (not verified) on

The sick minded individual behind this garbage is truly a promoter of hate and prejudice. Stop this silly and counterproductive fake work and waste your precious time on something constructive. I feel sorry for you. BTW, don’t relate this spurious piece to S.H.


Thank you!

by Concerned Iranian (not verified) on

Great piece, and how true, even today. Mr. Choobineh, your selfless and kind efforts are greatly appreciated.