This chapter sets a scene: a number of young Iranians are preparing their doctoral theses at the local university's Faculty of Medicine. Among them is Amir Faradj Khan, who has been living in France since 1900. He has not arrived direct from Iran, but via Beirut, where he had studied at the French Medical College. He decides to stay in France for another two years, working at the Val-de-Grace Medical College following his graduation. He then embarks on a life that combines medical practice and teaching with secular political activity and high administrative service, simultaneous vocations that he pursues into old age. Amir's journey was not remarkable. Besides merchants and workers in search of trade opportunities and jobs, many left Iran in a quest for modern higher education and scientific knowledge.
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