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Yadollah Sahabi (25 February 1905[citation needed] – 12 April 2002) was a prominent Iranian scholar, writer, reformist and politician.[2] A close associate of Mohammad Mosaddegh and Mehdi Bazargan, Sahabi was an active campaigner for the nationalisation of the Iranian oil industry in the 1950s. He was the father of Ezzatollah Sahabi and Fereydun Sahabi.

Yadollah Sahabi
Yadollah Sahabi Portrait.jpg
Member of Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 1980 – 28 May 1984
ConstituencyTehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority817,869 (50.1%)
Minister without Portfolio
for Revolutionary Projects[1]
In office
18 February 1979 – 6 November 1979
Prime MinisterMehdi Bazargan
Personal details
Born(1905-02-25)25 February 1905[citation needed]
Tehran, Iran
Died12 April 2002(2002-04-12) (aged 97)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyFreedom Movement

Sahabi studied at Université Lille Nord de France and majored in Geology. He got his PhD degree in 1936 and was immediately hired by Tehran University, faculty of science. Sahabi was one of the founders of Freedom Movement of Iran. He was an advocate of pluralism and democracy.[3] He was a full professor at Tehran University and well credited writer.[4]

Sahabi is considered by many Iranians as a national hero and an Iranian treasure.[5] He died at the age of 97 in Jam Hospital in Tehran.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mohammad Heydari (2008), "اخراجی‌های دولت", Shahrvand Magazine (in Persian) (43)
  2. ^ BBC News | MIDDLE EAST | Veteran Iranian reformer dies
  3. ^ Dr. Yadollah Sahabi, A Eulogy
  4. ^ Senior liberal activist Yadollah Sahabi dies: Report
  5. ^ THE IRANIAN: Yadollah Sahabi, Abbas F. Saffari
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Aging Speaker of the Parliament of Iran
1st term
Succeeded by
Saeed Amani