Islamic Unity Week in Pakistan

By the end of the Safar, a blessed lunar month arrives during which important events of history were taken place; the most important of them is the marriage and the first revelation of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and also the beginning of Imam Mahdi’s Imamate. The important and historical event of Laylat al-Mabīt, the emigration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Medina, the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and ...

The Mourning of the People of Karachi, Pakistan

Eighth of Rabī al-Awwal is the day of Imam Hassan al-Askari martyrdom. Mourning and Rawda khwani ceremonies, and marching of mourning processions were held in various parts of Karachi, Pakistan today. The whole city is mourning on this day, because Imam Mahdi (AS) is mourning. On this day, people hold Rawda khwani ceremony in their houses and make the symbolic coffin of Imam Hassan Askari (AS) and carry it on their shoulder ...

Arbaeen in Pakistan, 2020

Arbaeen had a different spirit in our country this year, because it coincided with a sharp difference between Shiites and some Salafis. Pakistani clerics insisted that all Shiites attend the gathering, because a few weeks ago, a number of Wahhabis and Salafis marched for three days to honor some of the Companions of the Prophet, as well as Yazid, and insulted the infallible and pure Ahl al-Bayt. They also threw stones ...

The Role and Importance of Place in Retrieving Memories

One of the important topics in the study of oral history is its role and importance in retrieving and recalling past events. In other words, the place is reminiscent of memories and part of the personality and identity of people through which they know themselves and introduce themselves to others. So knowing the place includes the memories, feelings, views, values, preferences, concepts and ideals of men about the places which orientate their ...

Significance of interaction between local history and oral history in compiling local writing

Compilation as a final product of many interviews has been noticed by the individual or collective projects of oral history. Compilation in oral history depends on a variety of factors, such as the policy making of the centers, the compiler, and the type of interview. This article deals with the relationship between local history and oral history and its impact on compilation in order to address issues such as the nature of ...

Truth and Falsehood in Oral History

The production of different narrations in our country has been expanding in recent years due to various reasons, including revolution and war, and they cause the position of oral history to be more and more important in our society. Although many efforts have been made to collect oral history, one of the most important debates in oral history is the validity of the narration that oral history produces. The issue that basic propositions,

Neglected Layers of Narration

Narration enjoys a lot of layers and surfaces as the common point between memory, oral tradition and oral history. Finding a path toward the lower layers of the narration in personal memoirs and oral tradition is a bit difficult due to the passage of time and the unavailability of its narrator or narrators; But undoubtedly, in the course of using the mechanism of oral history and in case of correct and precise ...

Applied Oral History

We do not speak of or write oral history in order to do a job or enjoy, or that we only create an audio or a video and enrich our archive. Oral history has extraordinary attractions and capacities per se, which can be very effective and problematic if they are identified and used well. This means that if oral history is applied in a purposeful and planned way, it can be ...

Method of research in oral history (compilation of research project of oral history)

The writing deals briefly with expressing how oral history project is compiled. Provided that oral history is considered as a subset of the science of history, the basis for the compilation of the oral history plan is also considered as the historical research project - or in other words, it has been regarded as proposal project in the academic circles. Therefore, the author has not created new principles and designs and has ...

Memories that were not asked; The interviewer historical lack of attention or ignorance

Examples of historical lost opportunities

In the knowledge of history, data is produced or collected in different ways. Recounting the observations or hearings and thoughts of those present at historical events and spaces and places through active dialogue is one of the most important ways to receive historical data that can be called oral history. The significance of the method is that it receives the needed historical data directly through memories and what have not been said by the witnesses.
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The Anniversary of Takeover of the U.S. Embassy

A Genuine Question

I do not forget the time when the young people had taken over the spy nest and there was a tumult — maybe less than a month had passed — and we had just come from Hajj. Mr. Hashemi, another person and I — whose I do not want to mention his name — went from Tehran to Qom to ask Imam they have finally been caught, what should we do with them now? Should they be kept, not keeping, what should we do?

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 ...