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.

Oral history of Iranian Islamic schools, Narrator: Mohammad Dadgostarniya

When I was a teacher, I had a plan in my class. I always would say to my good students that if they help weak students to get better marks, I''ll give them the same number of positive marks as a kind of reward to them.

A Memoir about Shams-e Al-e Ahmad’s Trip to Cuba

In 1985 I had an official trip to Nicaragua in Central America. The dictator of this country had been fallen down some time after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. This country was considered as a New Leftist pattern for the Latin Americans. During the trip a group of Islamic Consultative Assembly and I had a meeting with Daniel Ortega (the president then and now) who was elected by Sandinistas Revolutionaries.

The Layers of Oral History Texts

If the interviewer has enough information and skill as well as courage, he or she will be able to extract the historical facts even from the most concealing and conservative memory tellers, and the output will be a strong and valuable text in the field of oral history.

The Mother Of All Battles

Secret materials discovered in several important official archives captured during the 2003 Iraq War offered the Western world its first detailed insight into Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

An Introduction to the book of Interview in Oral History

Interview in Oral History is a collection of the selected articles of the 4th Professional Oral History Conference and Workshop held on 25th and 26th February 2008 at “Resistance Literature and Culture Research and Studies Center” in Tehran, Iran. The difference of the 4th conference with the previous ones was that the previous conferences had a general look at oral history debate.

Re-Writing History(The Iran-Iraq war 30 years later)

In the 30 years since the start of the Iran-Iraq war, our understanding of the conflict has undergone periodic shifts. Today, thanks to the release of Iraqi documents that were previously classified, the willingness of participants to discuss the war, and the persistence of researchers, more is being learned about the war than ever before.
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A Part of Memoirs of a Soldier

The embankment where we were stationed led to the Khorramshahr asphalt road. For this reason, the Iraqis tried hard to recapture it. And finally, near at noon, they were able to settle in the embankment next to the asphalt road and shoot diagonally towards us from there. We had no choice but to retreat. Captain Barati, the battalion commander, ordered two kilometers behind to build an embankment for us to settle there.

Your Problem is Different / You Hinted Not to Hit More

One day, they came to me and said: “We want to take you to the prosecutors office so that the investigator will interrogate you.” We had been famous for the meetings we organized as the Anti-Baha’i Association. At that time, there were many people in Jahrom that worked in different jobs; Among other things, there was a sergeant major in Shahrbani (law enforcement force), who stood guard duty instead of the guard ...

Privacy and Its Niceties in Oral History

Privacy in the process of recording and publishing memories is an issue that has attracted attention of activists in this field and those interested in legal issues in recent years with the expansion of activities of memoirist individuals and groups. Oral history interviews include close and personal relationships between interviewers, narrators and their organizational sponsors. This relationship is important for all groups. Interviewers feel an obligation to the people who have allowed ...

Memories of Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Hadi Khamenei

Memories from Prison about MKO
Regardless of all the issues, training in prison challenged me and some of my friends, and its main factor was the same cabals, especially Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO); it runs in the name of a religious prison and intended to manage the cells openly and secretly, and anyone who wanted to enter this cycle, had to accept the whole organization and its establishment. They even recruited some low-level clerics to achieve their goals.