Revisiting the History of the Movement of Oil Nationalization in Iran

Book Review:

Revisiting the History of the Movement of Oil Nationalization in Iran
Publishing date: 2009
ISBN: 978-964-419-300-2

Many have dealt with the story of the "movement of oil nationalization in Iran", its aftermath and, Mosaddegh’s government in 1951-1953 numerous times.  Different narrators, scholars and historians, Iranian and non-Iranian when retelling the events of 1940s and 1950s have analyzed and judged these events. This time the narrator of the movement of nationalization of oil is someone who has closely witnessed the events and was involved in the incidents of the time. Dr. Muhammad Hassan Salemi, shares his observations and analysis with the new generation.
Since, Dr. Salemi was close to a political figure of those times, he was exposed to many issues and incidents.
Being the grandson of Ayatollah Kashani, one of the leaders of the movement of oil nationalization, and a politically active member of the movement, he is very well informed about Iran in that period of time. Today, in his seventies, he is a retired physician. Based on his own observations, private family documents and other books and references, he offers an alternative narrative of the national movement, a narrative exclusive to Dr. Salemi, a narrative throughout which his viewpoints and analysis is expressed. 
The present book revolves around examining and telling the life and activities of Ayatollah Kashani, from birth do death. Along with this narrative, Dr. Salemi offers his own observations and opinions which have resulted in a book about one of the most glorious periods of contemporary history of Iran.

Translated by: Jairan Gahan

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Loss of Memory in Pahlavi Prisons

In total, [I was in prison] about 6 years in two arrests. For the first time after several years, a soldier arranged my escape. I do not know why! Maybe he was one of the influential elements of Islamic groups. They took me to the hospital for the treatment of my hand, which was broken due to the callousness of an officer.

Hajj Pilgrimage

I went on a Hajj pilgrimage in the early 1340s (1960s). At that time, few people from the army, gendarmerie and police went on a pilgrimage to the holy Mashhad and holy shrines in Iraq. It happened very rarely. After all, there were faithful people in the Iranian army who were committed to obeying the Islamic halal and haram rules in any situation, and they used to pray.

A section of the memories of a freed Iranian prisoner; Mohsen Bakhshi

Programs of New Year Holidays
Without blooming, without flowers, without greenery and without a table for Haft-sin , another spring has been arrived. Spring came to the camp without bringing freshness and the first days of New Year began in this camp. We were unaware of the plans that old friends had in this camp when Eid (New Year) came.

Attack on Halabcheh narrated

With wet saliva, we are having the lunch which that loving Isfahani man gave us from the back of his van when he said goodbye in the city entrance. Adaspolo [lentils with rice] with yoghurt! We were just started having it when the plane dives, we go down and shelter behind the runnel, and a few moments later, when the plane raises up, we also raise our heads, and while eating, we see the high sides ...