Ahmad Tafazzoli

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Ahmad Tafazzoli (16 December 1937, Isfahan – January 15, 1997, Tehran) (Persian: احمد تفضلی‎) was a prominent Iranian Iranist and master of ancient Iranian literature and culture. Tafazzoli was a faculty member of Tehran University.

One of his most important books and his latest masterpiece is "Pre-Islamic Persian Literature". Jaleh Amouzegar contributed in editing it.

In January 1997, Ahmad Tafazzoli was found dead in Punak, a suburb northwest of Tehran. He was known to have contacts with Iranian academics working abroad, and many of his colleagues believed that the authorities were behind his death, as part of the chain murders of Iran. While the precise circumstances remained unclear, Tafazzoli's death created a climate of fear at the university and discouraged criticism of the government.[1]

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Other notable Iranologists:


  1. ^ "Human Rights Watch World Report 1998". Human Rights Watch. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The Spirit of Wisdom: Menog I Xrad : Essays in Memory of Ahmad Tafazzoli ISBN 1-56859-146-2

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