The Improvement of Producing Knowledge in Oral History Depends on a Combination of Theory and Methodology

This discussion tries to show that one of the main problems in knowledge production in Iran is due to the reproduction of the incoherency between theory and methodology. Here I would discuss some ways to deal with this problematic.

Narration Standards

Now that the main theme of this issue of Zamaneh Monthly is oral history, it is indeed fruitful to get aquintede with foreign and domestic institutions involved in compiling Iranian oral history as well as the point of view of some scholars in this new field.

Oral History of the Organization of Libraries, Museums, and the Documentation Centre of Astan Quds Razavi

Debating over the authenticity of oral history is not a new phenomenon, at least not in Iran. Historiography in post-Islam Iran is premised on oral narrations. Oral history provides a method for collecting, protecting and preserving memoirs, biographies, customs, and other information. This can be done through interviewing well informed people and experts who have had visible presence in political, social, economic and cultural arena.

Latin American Oral History Network

On December 1st, 2010, the Latin American Oral History Network (RELAHO ) was formally established. Its goal was to foster exchange, discussion, production and circulation of oral history within Latin America. The Network is not a professional association. Rather, it is a federation of associations.

Yad, No. 97 and 98 (The Methodology of Oral History: Restoration the Mystery of the Past)

I had never seen "Yad" quarterly in such state; weak, wretched and miserable. Yad is the first journal of history in Iran. And it has become so tormented. It is getting harder and harder to publish it, issue by issue. The journal is now more of a periodical than a quarterly.

The Methodology and Approaches to Oral History in Historical Research

This paper is an effort to offer a fairly comprehensive definition of oral history, its basics and methodologies and, to emphasize the importance of this method as an investigating tool in historiography.

Acquaintance of Oral History

“Oral history” can be broadly defined as a report on unknown person’s experiences and feelings. Although the definition is not comprehensive but it can be acceptable with regard to working class as one of the main subject of oral history researches.

Muslim Students Association of the U.S and Canada

The beginning of the seventies was the heyday for the economy of Iran before the revolution. Muhammad Reza Pahlavi was expanding his dictatorship more than ever with the wealth the excessive sale of oil had brought him.

Bloody Smile: A different account on Shonam assessment session

December 4th 2010, Sacred Defense Museum Garden, Hamadan Province; Hamadan province is hosting Sacred Defense researchers and literati in an experts' gathering arranged to critique a book that has 10 impressions since its debut at Tehran International Book Fair in May 2010.

In Commemoration of our Christian Compatriot Veterans

We start today, Saturday January 1st 2011, as our Christian compatriots celebrate the Christian New Year. By “Christian compatriots” I mean those who fought alongside Muslim veterans as well as Zoroastrians and Jews.
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An Excerpt from Ahmad Mansouri memoirs on the eve of Nowruz 1358 (March 21, 1979)

Protection of Paarchin Military Industries

Immediately after fall of the Pahlavi military and security headquarters and the victory of the Islamic Revolution, people in every city and neighborhood took over the protection of the region, and established the Islamic Revolution Committees, which was a spontaneous revolutionary institution. The people of East Tehran also had voluntarily gathered in Parchin to protect the military industry of Parchin, which included several factories and critical centers of the military industry in about forty kilometers area.

A Critique on the Oral History of War; Reviewing an Interview

Following the decision of the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center to interview with war commanders under the title "Oral History of Commanders", designed and implemented by the late Dr. Ardestani, I have steadily studied and written various notes about the oral history, with respect to the importance of methodology. In Persian references, the oral history has been perceived and emphasized more by the validity of the oral methodology and its distinction ...
As a rescue worker, a girl teenager narrates about the sacred defense

The People of the War Zones Were All Warrior

A report on the women activities behind the front line during the holy defense
The first years of Monire Sadeghis adolescence coincided with the outbreak of the imposed war. She is one of the active girl teen in the eight years of the holy defense, who was a regular volunteer in Basij, served as a rescue worker in war zones, and was engaged in military training of women since the first years of the imposed war. Sadeghi was born in 1968 in Ilam and has memories ...

An Excerpt from the Memoirs of Colonel Ali Ghamari

On October 22, 1980, it was announced that all the defenders of the garrison Khorramshahr have died a martyr, which had a very bad effect on fighters spirit, because our place, that is the garrison Khorramshahr, had been completely occupied by the Iraqis. Many cried when heard this news. I was very upset to hear it, but could not believe whether it was true. So, I sent one of the informants to investigate about it and then to let me know.