Azam Taleghani (Persian: اعظم طالقانی‎; 1943 – 30 October 2019) was an Iranian politician and journalist who was the head of the Society of Islamic Revolution Women of Iran,[2] editor of Payam Hajar Weekly, and a member of the Iranian parliament.[3]

Azam Taleghani
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Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 1980 – 28 May 1984
ConstituencyTehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority1,108,653 (51.9%)
Personal details
Tehran, Iran
Died30 October 2019(2019-10-30) (aged 75–76)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyWomen Association of Islamic Revolution[1]
Other political
Council of Nationalist-Religious Activists of Iran
ChildrenMorteza Eghtesad (died 2017)
FatherMahmoud Taleghani
RelativesVahideh Taleghani (sister)

Born in Iran, Taleghani was the daughter of Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani. She served time in prison during the Pahlavi regime.[4] After the Iranian Revolution she was a member of the Iranian parliament, founded "Jame'e Zanan Mosalman" (Society of Muslim women), and published Payam e Hajar Weekly, an Islamic journal about women and women's rights.[3] In 2003 she protested against the death of Zahra Kazemi.[2][5] Both in 2001 and 2009, Taleghani submitted her candidacy for Iran's presidential elections, but, like all women's candidacies, her candidacy was rejected by Iran's Guardian Council .[6][7]

Her political ideals espoused a "progressive brand of revolutionary Islamism."[8]

Electoral historyEdit

Year Election Votes % Rank Notes
1979 Assembly of Experts 132,430 5.24 17th Lost[9]
1980 Parliament 1,108,653 51.9 16th Won[10]
1997 President N/A Disqualified[11]
1999 City Council of Tehran Disqualified[11]
2001 President Disqualified[12]
2005 President Disqualified[11]
2009 President Disqualified[13]
2017 President Disqualified[13]


  1. ^ "List of Legally Registered Parties in Iran". Khorasan Newspaper. Pars Times. July 30, 2000. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Iran: Sit-in by Azam Taleghani in front of Evin prison
  3. ^ a b فرخ‌زاد، پوران (Pooran Farrokhzad). کارنمای زنان کارای ایران (از دیروز تا امروز). تهران: نشر قطره، ۱۳۸۱، ISBN 9643411168، 533.
  4. ^ همایش یکصدمین سال تولد مهندس بازرگان
  5. ^ تحصن اعظم طالقانی در مقابل زندان اوین Archived June 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ گفتگوی خبرنگاران ترک با اعظم طالقانی Archived June 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "اعظم طالقانی کاندیدای جدید ریاست جمهوری". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  8. ^ "Azam Taleghani, Defiant Would-Be President of Iran, Dies at 76".
  9. ^ Ervand Abrahamian (1989), "To The Masses", Radical Islam: the Iranian Mojahedin, Society and culture in the modern Middle East, 3, I.B.Tauris, p. 195, Table 6, ISBN 9781850430773
  10. ^ "Getting to Know the Representatives in the Majles" (PDF), Iranian Parliament, The Iran Social Science Data Portal, p. 89
  11. ^ a b c "Iran Election Bulletin", National Democratic Institute, 1 (6), 8 May 2009, retrieved 18 June 2017
  12. ^ Tara Povey (2016). Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran. Routledge. p. 123. ISBN 9781134779895.
  13. ^ a b "Iranians Make A Run For It, But They're Already Out Of The Presidential Race". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.