Oral History of War Commanders

A method for current narration of the past or responding to basic issues in the future?

Assuming that there should be a proportion between the subject and method of research, the oral history of the commanders in terms of subject requires attention to the considerations which has been noticed in this article. In my view, development and deepening of oral history method and the increase of its function in the area of historiography instead of a general and public method requires concentration on subject and through this to technical-methodical considerations in this area.

About Holy Defense History of The Army Navy

The War Documents of Sea

We talk very little about sea. This is a historical fact that whenever we made our development sea-centered was heyday of our countrys history and whenever we neglected sea was era of decline of our country. The fact is that countries that entered waters and acted wisely and seized seas are powerful countries today. Because of situating between the two depths of Persian Gulf and Oman Sea in the south and sea of ...

Pilgrims invited to write memoirs of Arba’een march

In the years we have left behind since 1390s Solar Hijri calendar (2010s), the Arbaeen (the anniversary of the fortieth day of the martyrdom of Imam Hossain) march and walking has been turned into a special religious ritual during a year and the historical phenomenon of this decade.

Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Oral History Workshop

Triumph of Islamic Revolution in our country and then imposition of a full-scale war for eight years led many enthusiasts to address "oral history of the revolution and the sacred defense" to be able to respond to some of necessary needs in this part. Those who entered this field some had history-related education, some had a university degree in related disciplines, and some did not have any of these features.

Familiarization with the show "Night of Memory"

Face to face with Sacred Defense narrators

"Night of Memory" is one of the few continuous cultural shows on the Sacred Defense narration and memory-telling which is held regularly and monthly in the Art Center of the Islamic Propaganda Organization. The program is aimed at recognizing, collecting and publishing the oral memoirs of the eight-year Iraqi imposed war against Iran as well as the transferring of the concepts and values of the Scared Defense. The war veterans of the Sacred Defense years take part in this show every month, telling their memoirs of the days of epic and defense.

It is Springtime

Oral History Website in the Last Year

Thanks to the audience, writers and all those friends who were and worked with us in 1395 SH, we congratulate arrival of the New Year (1396 SH). Since beginning of the last year and through collaboration of writers and reporters who joined our group, we tried interview, which is main form of activity in field of oral history, to be included more in the site; as we tried all of contents and materials to be produced.

History Scholars to Maintain a Critical Approach

Approaches on Rationalization

Looking at books published on various categories including “Oral History”, “Oral Memoirs”, “Memories” and their approach in rationalization, content volume used to rationalize and references made, we see significant differences all starting from ground zero. In some cases, the volume of footnotes and end-notes presented in the last chapter of the book exceed the main body of content! In case such approach has a scientific backbone then it is good; however, there is hardly an affirmative reason.

Pen and interest in compilation of oral history

Oral history from theory to action and compilation is the result of the continuous efforts of the interested people who have valuable experiences in this regard. During the recent two decades, the conditions and circumstances has caused us to witness the publication of numerous oral history collections inside the country.

The Required Plan

Oral History of February 11 Rally

February 11, 1979, refers to the day that Iranians led Islamic revolution to victory with their massive presence in the final struggle scene with Pahlavi reign. From that day on its 38 years today that Iranians come to the streets and rally to commemorate the anniversary of that day and recall their historic presence.

The custom of writing memoir of Ayatollah

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away on 19th Day 1395 (January 10, 2017), and his political and social activities were brought to an end at the age of eighty two. Hashemi was an Iranian paramount politician at the last four decades, and the most of his memoirs are published as an interview and transcription; these memoirs has attracted lots of addressees. The memoirs are one of the several gainful and documentary references for Islamic Revolution and republic of Iran, and they are available for people.

Memoir Verification

One important question concerning publication of oral history literature is the extent to which the narrator is to be trusted? Is it the obligation of the oral history scholar to verify the memories? Is the scholar allowed to argue with the narrator? Does such literature fit the criteria of an historical resource?
Convoy Narrator of "When Moonlight Was Lost" on the Last Day of Fall

Memory Is "I", Let us Think About "We"

Ayatollah Khamenei wrote a letter of congratulation and condolence for martyrdom of Ali Khoshlafz, the sacred defense veteran and narrator of "When Moonlight Was Lost (Vaghti Mahtab Gom Shod)" on December 20, 2017. The letter is as follows:
An interview with Zahra Sabzeh Ali about her book “Deldadeh”

Memory-writing for the sake of social impact

The seeing of a small photo from martyr Alireza Mahini prompted Zahra Sabzeh Ali to collect the memoirs of this martyr who was from Bushehr and a commander of irregular wars. The result of the work is presented with the assistance of the Art Center and Sooreh Mehr Publications. The release of the book “Deldadeh” or beloved became a pretext for the website of Iranian Oral History to have an interview with her:
About Oral History Production

To Maintain Questions or Not? Is crucial

Production and final setting of the interview content is an important aspect and the oral history scholars have to be well versed on the details and act responsibly. The following have to be taken into consideration: