Taqizadeh and European civilisation
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The leading Iranian intellectual and nationalist Hasan Taqizadeh has been roundly condemned by posterity for his call to Iranians to embrace European civilisation in its entirety without qualification or compromise. Taqizadeh himself later conceded that the form of words he had used were injudicious, but he added, his intention had been to galvanise Iranians out of their self destructive political stupor and it remains a reality that many of Taqizadeh’s contemporaries were supportive of his call to arms. This paper re-assesses Taqizadeh’s position in the context of his historical environment and intellectual environment which it is argued drew heavily from a ‘Whig’ reading of Enlightenment progress. It shows that Taqizadeh was not alone in drawing on this narrative while maintaining an important distinction between the positive aspects of British political thought and the shortcomings of British policy.
Ansari , A M 2016 , ' Taqizadeh and European civilisation ' Iran: Journal of British Institute of Persian Studies , vol 54 , no. 1 , pp. 47-58 .
Iran: Journal of British Institute of Persian Studies
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