Jalal Al e Ahmad

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About Jalal Al e Ahmad Jalal Al-e-Ahmad (December 2, 1923 – September 9, 1969) was a prominent Iranian writer, thinker, and social and political critic.Jalal was born into a religious family in Tehran. His father was an Islamic cleric originally from the small village of Owrazan in Taleghan mountains. After elementary school Al-e-Ahmad was sent to earn a living in the Tehran bazaar, but also attended Marvi Madreseh for a religious education, and without his father's permission, night classes at the Tehran Polytechnic. He became "acquainted with the speech and words of Ahmad Kasravi" and was unable to commit to the clerical career his father and brother had hoped he would take, describing it as "a snare in the shape of a cloak and an aba." In 1946 he earned an M.A. in Persian literature from Tehran Teachers College and became a teacher, at the same time making a sharp break with his religious family that left him "completely on his own resources." He pursued academic studies further and enrolled in a doctoral program of Persian literature at Tehran University but quit before he had defended his dissertation in 1951. In 1950, he married Simin Daneshvar, a well-known Persian novelist. Jalal and Simin were infertile, a topic that was reflected in some of Jalal's works. He died in Asalem, a rural region in the north of Iran, inside a cottage which was built almost entirely by himself. He was buried in Firouzabadi mosque in Ray, Iran.

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14. Sadeq Hedayat 1646
15. Hadi Khorsandi 1491
16. Sayyed Morteza Avini 1461
17. Samad Behrangi 1306
18. Jalal Al e Ahmad 778
19. Iraj Janati Ataei 579
20. Saadi 362
21. Mahmoud Dowlatabadi 261
22. Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda 216

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147. Pablo Neruda 727
148. Necip Fazıl 726
149. Nasrettin Hoca 711

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