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Open Essays and Researches

La luce nell’oblio: illuminismo e massoneria nella Persia cagiara

Dariush Rahiminia
Sapienza Università di Roma
Published March 29, 2022
  • Iranian studies,
  • Illuminism,
  • Persian revolution,
  • Intercultural dialogue,
  • Qajar Persia
How to Cite
Rahiminia, D. (2022). La luce nell’oblio: illuminismo e massoneria nella Persia cagiara. Cambio. Rivista Sulle Trasformazioni Sociali, 12(23). https://doi.org/10.36253/cambio-10642


The link between Iran and European cultures has a much older history than recent geopolitical events and, in the decades immediately preceding the Constitutional Revolution of 1906, the contact between Persia and Europe planted the seed in a ground ready for the growth of modern ideas, ambition, aspirations, new values and, consequently, for the birth of a modern class made up of intellectuals inspired by the Enlightenment and Freemasonry. The following essay will address the history of freemasonry in Persia: from the first contacts that occurred with the first trips of Iranian diplomats to Europe, up to the successful attempt to create a recognized lodge in 1908 in Tehran, passing through the history of the controversial “House of oblivion” in the second half of the nineteenth century.


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