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Iranian writer Shams Al-e-Ahmad dies

Source: Press TV

Veteran Iranian writer, researcher and journalist Shams Al-e-Ahmad has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 82 in the capital city of Tehran.

Al-e-Ahmad, who was admitted to the ICU forty days ago, passed away at Tehran's Shahid Bahonar Hospital on Sunday December 5, 2010.

The son of Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Taleqani and the younger brother of famous Iranian writer Jalal Al-e-Ahmad, Shams Al-e-Ahmad studied literature, philosophy and educational sciences at the University of Tehran.

He also took photography classes in Germany and got his cinematography diploma from the Syracuse University in the US.

He worked as a journalist for Eteelaat and Keyhan newspapers and held a post in the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) for a limited period of time.

Al-e-Ahmad was appointed as a member of Iran's Cultural Revolution Council by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini in 1981.

Aqiqeh, Narrative of Revolution, Ancient Stories and Cradle are among Al-e-Ahmad's better-known works.

He also edited Javaher-al-Asmar written by Emad ibn Mohammad Saghari in the 14th century. The book, which is a collection of stories told by a parrot, was originally translated from Sanskrit to Pahlavi during the Sassanid era.

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