chapter  4
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Seyyed Hasan Taqizadeh: Three lives in a lifetime

Seyyed Hasan Taqizadeh was a revolutionary leader, a politician, an intellectual journalist, a diplomat, a university teacher and a scholar of Persian classics in both history and literature. Through a long and often turbulent career which he described as ‘tempestuous’, he was also a man of various seasons, beginning his career as a radical revolutionary and ending it as a mature public figure who was opposed to all forms of extremism in every social and intellectual field. In his memoirs he used the term ‘tufani’ in describing his own life, and that is how it appeared in the title of the posthumous publication.1