The Sun for Intellectuals

Seyyed Mohammad Sadegh Feyz


Translated by: Mohammad Karimi

“Shams  Al-e Ahmad” passed away; in silence and quietness. He went and the “cradle” whose owner narrated “The Revolution Word”  stopped moving.
Like his brother, he went in silence and what is remained from him are everlasting works which would show the way for next generations.
Shams was one of honorable cultural figures and one of “contemporary prominent figures”. We saw his name among the famous writers and journalists in the book of Iranian Contemporary Prominent Figures Encyclopedia. We knew him for a long time. He always tried to substitute his brother who, for a period, burdened instead of many others. When he went, Shams bore that burden. Shams modestly was the sun for intellectuals. He wrote for many years as long as he could and then talked and wrote what he had said in order to make others know and they heard what he said. He talked for us many times. These years he was not able to talk for long time. He would let the youth to talk in order to test and find themselves. However, he would tell them about the dangers in the way. Since, everyone is looking for the way and would forget the dangers.
He always talked about revolution themes and would never forget to warn or persuade. He knew himself in the fever of “Cultural Revolution” from the early beginning. He believed that being anti-totalitarian, anti-colonialist, and being against the East and West are the characteristics of revolution. The believed this revolution is not affiliated to any other revolutionary culture and is totally counting on its own culture which has two shining elements: Islamic and Persian.
Writers should be analyzed by their writings; whatever that remains from them, e.g. the papers and speeches reprinted again and again. Like “The Revolution Word” which is going to be grown again.
The Bureau for the Islamic Revolution Literature has the honor of publishing two books by the late Shams Al-e Ahmad in early 1990s which are going to republish in near future.
“The Revolution Word” is an anthology of his speeches, notes and articles published in early 1979 up to 1981 in different journals and papers which he expresses his ideas about revolution, particularly the cultural aspect.
This book has been published many times under the title of “The Revolution Word” in one volume and two volumes under the titles of Freedom and its boundaries and Cultural Independence. Now it is going to be published under the title of The Revolution Word with no changes and would decorate the cultural stands.

May God bless him!



 
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