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Appalling Tehran

Translation of the French Serial Story and Its Effect on the Persian Serial Story

Manizheh Abdollahi and Ehya Amalsaleh


This article examines French-Iranian literary interactions in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, which arguably had ongoing effects in Iran on attitudes towards links between morality and social and economic inequality. Some of the earliest fictional stories published in Persian-language newspapers, in the 1850s, were French. This trend continued, through Iran’s Constitutional Revolution (1906), into the early decades of the twentieth century. During this period, Morteza Moshfeq-e Kazemi began writing the first Persian serial story and novel, Tehran-e Makhuf (Appalling Tehran). The present study investigates the effects of the translation of French serial stories on Persian ones, with a specific focus on the impact of the novel Les Mystères de Paris (1842–1843), by Eugène Sue, on the Persian novel Tehran-e Makhuf (1924).

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Education, Entertainment, and Indoctrination

Educational Film in Interwar China

Kaiyi Li

(including films about public life, social morality, religion and the arts, science and hygiene, current affairs, and propaganda) could be ascribed to the category of educational film. In the narrow sense, only films shown at school should count as teaching

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Moral Conflict

The Private, the Public and the Political

Marios Filis

starboard, they are drowning at port. If I save my husband, the two will drown, and vice versa. As a wife I should save my husband; as ship captain I should save the two strangers. The demands of personal morality conflict with those of social morality. What

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

decline in personal and social morality (the unmaking of the moral community), their concerns attend to the social and economic, as well as karmic, consequences for both individuals and the community—as well as the moral qualities of both individuals

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Vertical Love

Forms of Submission and Top-Down Power in Orthodox Ethiopia

Diego Maria Malara and Tom Boylston

what social morality is, to remove them in the name of a foreign individualism is simply anomic. Our argument is that any attempt to understand Ethiopian social philosophy is incomplete without an account of how people live with that philosophy. We have