The Myth of Tehran
ستاری، جلال. اسطوره تهران. تهران: دفتر پژوهشهای فرهنگی ، ١٣٨٨، چاپ دوم، ۲٥٠ص

Sattari, Jalal. Usturah-ʼyi Tihran. Tehran: Daftar-i Pizhuhishha-yi Farhangi, 2006, 2nd ed., 250pp.


The Myth of Tehran

اسطوره تهران
Written by one of the most prolific contemporary Iranian mythologists, the book is an investigation into the mythological foundations and representations of Tehran. It employs ‘written sources’ and postpones the usage of visual materials such as movies, theatres and paintings to a future research. The “written sources” are in fact a highly selective number of novels in modern Iran. The core question of the book is whether Tehran is a truly mythological city, or has been given mythological dimensions later by novelists. The author’s verdict is that Tehran is not a real mythological city and belongs to the latter group of cities. The argument put forward by the author, however, is unsatisfactory. The author never engages closely with the question he has posed and indeed the book is a selective survey of representations of Tehran in the modern literary form, namely the novels. This is not to overlook the important contributions of the book to the field, including its analysis of the largely negative depiction of Tehran in novels in terms of the dilemmas and pathologies that modernity and urbanisation have brought.

Seyed Mohammadreza Hashemitaba
Mohammadreza Hashemitaba, Seyed. “English abstract of 'The Myth of Tehran'". Translated by Seyed Mohammadreza Hashemitaba. In Cities as Built and Lived Environments: Scholarship from Muslim Contexts, 1875 to 2011, by Aptin Khanbaghi, 150. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
Muslim Civilisations Abstracts - The Aga Khan University
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