[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Bultan News
[Date:] 16 Mordad 1393 [7 August 2014]
Yesterday’s Side-Line Conversation Between Shargh and Abbas Amanat
What is the purpose of Shargh in the magnification of Amanat and its enmity with Amir Kabir?!
Yesterday, Wednesday, 15 Mordad 1393 [6 August 2014], the political group of Shargh Newspaper published a 32-page supplement to celebrate the constitutional anniversary. Perhaps Shargh Newspaper’s most important mistake in this supplement can be traced to the selection of Abbas Amanat, who is a Baha’i element.
Regardless of what was said in this conversation between Sahand Sattari as the Shargh reporter and Dr. Abbas Amanat, the fact is that the choice of Abbas Amanat as an expert was not only illogical, but the existence of more committed experts and thinkers who are, at least, not pliable objects in the hands of foreigners and do not sacrifice their homeland for religious, political, material and [other things], could have provided far better results for the audience of this special [article].
The important point is that, in this interview with Abbas Amanat, no new, thoughtful or important point was mentioned, and it seems that either Amanat has self-censored because of his knowledge of the Iranian media or the officials, or the Shargh Newspaper has softened its stance after publishing an interview with Amanat. God knows best.
If we want to confine ourselves to Shargh Newspaper’s biography of Abbas Amanat, we must consider him merely an academic who, according to Shargh, is “a professor of international history and studies at Yale University, and occupies the chair of Middle East studies at that university.”
In this dialogue, the newspaper, in introducing him, said, “He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tehran in 1971 and his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1981. He is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopaedia Iranica and also the chief editor of Persia Observed.”
However, has what Shargh has really said to its audience about Amanat been done in accordance with media trust? It is sometimes said that lying is not just telling what is contrary to reality, but not telling all the facts is a kind of lying.
This is not the first time that a reformist newspaper has approached a member of this family. In recent years the reformist media has praised this bankrupt Baha’i family in actions similar to what happened yesterday, as described in Shargh.
The conversations that have taken place in recent years with Hossein and Abbas Amanat under various pretexts are all examples of this strange and irrational act that is being pursued with incredible seriousness by some reformist organizations and media.
This is while the false thoughts and deviations of this perverse sect are more and more known in the public mind. During the Pahlavi era, Baha’ism was one of the most influential and persuasive branches in the political organization of the state and, consequently, in the cultural and economic structures of the country. Reza Shah was very optimistic about the Baha’is, as he chose one of the Baha’i officers as the special adjutant for his son, Mohammad Reza. Reza Shah’s eldest daughters and his eldest son (Mohammad Reza) received their primary education in Baha’i primary schools.
In any case, our purpose in publishing this article is merely to provide a friendly reminder to our colleagues in Shargh Newspaper and other media, and nothing else, and we hope that these loved ones will continue to work with more care and commitment for the country and the nation, and be the cause increasing pride of the people of this land.