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Iranian Literary Icon Shafiei Kadkani to join Princeton University

Mohammad Reza Shafiei-Kadkani (Nishapur, Razavi Khorasan, Iran; 1939) is a celebrated Persian writer, poet, literary critic, editor, and translator. Shafiei-Kadkani graduated from Tehran University with a doctorate degree in Persian literature.

The celebrated Iranian literary scholar Mohammadreza Shafiei Kadkani will be teaching at Princeton University.  He left Iran on Thursday, August 27 for a one-year study opportunity at Princeton University, Mehr News Agency reported.

Shafiei Kadkani is a professor of literature at the University of Tehran and is renowned for his work on literary criticism and modern Persian poetry.

According to web site, however, Shafiei Kadkani has left Iran for good and has decided to live in the US.  No reason has been given for the decision. But his absence will certainly be felt by his students and the literary community in Iran.

Dr. Shafiei Kadkani (left) with Master Bastani Parizi (right) and Houshang Ebtehaj (center) in memorial of Mohammad Amin Riahi

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