Donya (magazine)

Donya was a theoretical cultural Persian magazine that produced twelve issues between February 1934 and June 1935.[1] Three Marxist Iranian intellectuals, Taqi Arani, Iraj Iskandari and Bozorg Alavi, who were part of the first cell of the newly founded Iranian Communist Party were the founders of the magazine.[2] Arani also served as the editor-in-chief of Donya.[2][3] The magazine was based in Tehran[1] and was published on a monthly basis.[4]

EditorTaqi Arani
CategoriesTheoretical cultural magazine
FounderTaqi Arani
Iraj Iskandari
Bozorg Alavi
First issueFebruary 1934
Final issueJune 1935
Based inTehran

Donya was started to introduce Marxism to Iranians and to provide a basis for a prospective Marxist group.[2] It supported positivist Marxism and cultural hegemony, but avoided direct discussions of Marxism, class struggle and revolution.[5] Instead, it covered indirect discussions of cultural and philosophical views.[1] Donya published a total of 12 volumes before its closure in 1935.[6]


A publication with the same name has been published by Tudeh Party.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c M. Reza Ghods (October 1990). "The Iranian Communist Movement under Reza Shah". Middle Eastern Studies. 26 (4): 508. JSTOR 4283395.
  3. ^ Hormoz Mehrdad (1980). Political orientations and the style of intergroup leadership interactions: The case of Iranian political parties (PhD thesis). The Ohio State University. p. 257. ISBN 979-8-205-08664-6. ProQuest 303067167.
  4. ^ Donald Newton Wilber (2014). Iran, Past and Present: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic (9th ed.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 237. ISBN 9781400857470.
  5. ^ Manija Nasrabadi; Afshin Matin Asgari (2018). "The Iranian student movement and the making of global 1968". In Chen Jian; et al. (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties. London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315150918. ISBN 9780367580872.
  6. ^ Farid Moradi (Summer 2013). "History of book Publishing in Iran" (PDF). In Farid Moradi; et al. (eds.). Publishing in Persian language In Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Europe and United States. International Alliance of Independent Publishers. ISBN 978-2-9519747-8-4.
  7. ^ Abdolrahim Javadzadeh (2007). Marxists into Muslims: An Iranian Irony (PhD thesis). Florida International University. p. 162. doi:10.25148/etd.FI08081527.