In Memory of Memoir



26 September 2010

This book; »In Memory of Memoir «has been arranged in 3 volumes. In the first volume )this book( generalities of memoirs studies - including definitions, scientific terms and dimensions of the subject from the view point of religion, mysticism, history, literature and to some extent social science - has been concisely noted and analysed. In part II the historical development of the appearance of different types of memoirs in ancient and middle Persian language are recovered and samples of Zoroaster's Gathas in Avesta, epigraphs of Achamenian Kings - in particular the epigragh of the Darius the Great in Bistoon )in cuneiform script( and the epigraph of Shapur I )in Pahlavi characters( on Zoroaster's shrine at Naqsh-e Rustam  are presented as examples of persian language memoirs. Some parts of the books written in Pahlavi language that have some traces of memoirs are also presented. In brief, I have tried to expose that Writing memoirs can be seen in historical, cultural and even mythical past of Persia from the creation of the very first sites of collective life and civilization. In my view drawings on earthenwares and cliffs in anceint times, fables and myths - since thay show the thoughts and dreams of ancient people - are considered as elemertary and original samples of writing memoirs and self-speech.

The second volume of this book - which is being compiled and not finished yet - considers the gradual developments of writing memoirs in post - Islamic Iran in Persian language upto contemporary period. In the third volume we are about to discuss the generation of memoirs wriring movement affected by the Islamic Revolution and particularly Iran - Iraq War (Holy defence) in details. I Hope to able to present the reseach project that I have thought on for more than a decade with the wish of God and settle my dept.



 
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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 ...