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Judaism in the Second House of Bondage
BIOGRAPHY OF DR. HOOSHANG EBRAMI
Dr. Hooshang Ebrami was born on July 14, 1935 in the city of
Hamadan, Iran. He attended elementary and secondary schools in
Tehran, Iran; and received his bachelor’s degree
in Economics from Tehran University, School of Law in 1957. Two
years later, he received his master’s degree in Social
Sciences at the same University. In 1962, he received a scholarship
from the Iranian government to attend University of Pittsburg,
and received a second master’s degree in library sciences.
Upon his return to Iran, he established the Economic Statistical
Research Center at Iran Central Bank. Concurrently, he taught
several courses in library sciences at Tehran University. He
then returned to Pittsburg and received his PhD in Informational
Sciences in 1969. After his return to Iran, he became the head
of the libraries in the Schools of Literature and Science at
Pahlavi University in Shiraz. He established graduate courses
in library sciences at the same University and invited several
American professors to work with him. After six years as the
head of department, he became a full professor. In his last year
in Shiraz, he was invited by the Royal Ministry to participate
in developing plans for establishment of a new enormous library
Dr. Ebrami started to write at a tender age. As a child, he
was a regular contributor to Keyhan, Sepid-O-Siah, Roshanfekr,
Omid-e-Iran, Kavian, and Ferdowsi magazines.
Dr. Ebrami conducted extensive research in the history of Iranian
uprising for constitutional monarchy and authored “Biography
of Satar Khan.” This book has been reprinted several times
during the Islamic Republic era. Most of Dr. Ebrami’s publications
in Persian are of an academic nature and have been printed by
Tehran University Press.
In 1354 , he authored Ossoul-e Tadvin-e Fehrest-e
Mozouee Dar Nevesht-e-ha-ye zaban-e Farsi [Principals
of Developing Contextual Indices for Persian Writing]. This
book was cited the best book of the year and he received the
Iranian Royal Award for it.
After the rise of Islamic republic in Iran, Dr. Ebrami and his
family immigrated to the United States. Since then, his research
and writings are focused on Jewish issues and Judaism from social
and historical perspectives. Most of his articles on these topics
were published in Los Angeles Shofar and Cheshmandaz magazines.
In 1995, he established the Habib Levi Foundation, and edited
Levi’s three volumes of “History of Iranian Jews” into
one consolidated volume titled “The Comprehensive History
of Iranian Jews.” Through Habib Levy Foundation, he
also published Khak-e Khoub-e Khoda [God’s Good
Earth], Dar Jos-te-joo-ye Haghighat [In Search of the
Truth], and Ghahr-e-manan-e Torah [The Heroes of Torah].
Under the auspices of The Graduate Society Foundation (GSF)
he authored Contemporary Judaism in the Second House of Bondage
in English and the Persian version of the same titled Yehudiat-e
Assil Va Yehudiat-e Assir in Los Angeles. He had plans for
publishing several more books involving Judaism and the Jews,
but there was no more time.
Dr. Ebrami was a true scholar with a zeal for research and writing.
He will be dearly missed.
DR. EBRAMI’S PUBLICATIONS:
In addition to several publications and translations in Persian
as recorded in the Persian section, Dr. Ebrami is the author
of the following in English:
- Catchword Indexing, Subject Heading, and Chain Indexing.
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1970
- Libraries in Iran, In Encyclopedia of Information Science,
New York: 1974
- From the Womb to the Tomb: The Autobiography of Unknown Man,
(Ready for Press)
- Editor of comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran, by Habib
Levy, Mazda Publishers, Los Angeles, 1999
- The Jews of Hamadan, in Encyclopedia Iranica, New York
- Contemporary Judaism in the Second House of Bondage, The
Graduate Society Foundation Publications, 2003
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