Aramesh Dustdar, born 1931 in Iran, philoso-pher, author and one of the most influential thinkers in the history of modern Iran. After receiving his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Bonn, he returned to Iran and founded the philosophical school at the University of Tehran. A member of the atheist faculty, already known for his antireligious views, Dust- dar became the target of radical Islamic activists when the 1979 Islamic revolution swept through Iran. Like so many other university professors, he left home to live in exile in Germany. His first manuscript »Some Philosophical Remarks on Religion and Science« was lost in the turmoil of the revolution. For the incessant thinker, this was the basic building block for the launch of his three large volumes. The first of these banned titles in Iran, »The Impossibility of Thinking in a Religious Culture«, has been fiercely debated among Iranian intel- lectuals for two decades. Today Dustdar lives in Cologne, Germany. His latest book »An Intro- duction to Pseudolanguage and Pseudoculture« was published by Forough Book in 2018.
Armin Langroudi, born in Iran, writer and publicist. Armin Langroudi live since 1991 in Wien.
Nahid Keshavarz, born in Iran, writer and psychological counselor. 30 years ago she left her homeland and settled in Germany. Today Nahid Keshavarz works as a psychological counselor and director of the refugee center of the city of Cologne. She also works as a journalist. Nahid Keshavarz has published countless articles on migration, gender, and mental health issues of migrants. Her two novels are published by Forough Book.
Mahmoud Sabahy, born 1969 in Iran, Essayist, sociologist and theater director. He taught Theater Philosophy and Theater Sociology at the Faculty of Art and Architecture in Tehran before being dismissed from the University in 2010.
Today he lives in Germany. His second book "Late enlightenments" is published by Forough Book in 2019.
Katayoun Azarli, born in Iran, writer and painter. Since her childhood she has worked for the „Radio and Television of
Mashhad“. Also active in literary circles. With the dawn of the Islamic revolution Azarli was forced to give up her work and was detained in 1984. In 1988, she was released from prison and
continued her cultural and artistic work, but from then on under the pseudonyms „Khavari“ and „Rastar“. In 1990 she won at the Zoom Igualda Festival, an international film Festival, the Golden
Eagle Award for her script „Wish“. In 1995 she published her first book, a collection of her poems. In 1996, after a short arrest, she left her homeland and settled in Germany. Today she lives in
Kassel, Germany. Her focus continues to be on art and writing.
Massoud Noghrehkar, born 1953 in Iran, doctor and author. In 1985 he was forced into exile due to the turmoil of the revolution in Iran. He was able to flee to Germany. In 1993, the US govern- ment granted him political asylum and he emigra- ted to the United States. While working as a psy- chologist in Iran, Germany and the United States, he wrote and published more than 28 books and about 300 articles in various journals and web- sites. Most of his works were published in Farsi and refer to various political events in Iran, such as the intellectual movements and the suppressi- on of disagreements in Iran. Dr. Noghrekar wrote many novels, short stories and children‘s stories as well as books about medicine which are ano- ther of Dr. Noghrekar’s expertise. He also has a collection of novels, short stories and children‘s stories in English. Currently, he lives in Orlando, Florida. He has withdrawn from his work as a physician and works as a full-time writer today.