Thesis: Oral History in Iranian Architectural History

10 September 2011

The defense session for the thesis of Seyyedeh Mitra Hashemi under the title of "Oral History in Iranian Architectural History: An Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Issues" would be held at Architecture and Urban Planning Faculty of Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran on September 12th, 2:00 PM, for MA degree on Iranian Architecture Studies. This thesis is about to present an study on theoretical and practical aspects of Oral history and their connection with Architecture History. The abstract is as follow:

Many people, who know the Iranian architecture, will die soon and as a result of this event, we will miss a great knowledge about Iranian architecture. Despite the vast importance of oral evidences in architectural history, especially the Iranian one, there is no research on the relationship between oral history and architectural history. This research analyses this relationship in theory and practice.
Theoretical issues start with discussions about the essence of history, oral history, and architectural history; with an analysis of their similarities and dissimilarities. These discussions lead us to a definition about oral history of Iranian architecture. The next issue is about the benefits of oral history in architectural history. The last issue includes the background of oral history and its application in architectural history, especially the Iranian one.
Practical issues start with the method of gathering oral evidences, with a focus on the basics of interview. The next issue is about the process of analyzing and archiving the interviews. The last issue includes the methods and problems of organizing and publishing this kind of historical narratives.
This research prepare theoretical and practical principles of oral history in Iranian architectural history for researchers that want to find and save the knowledge of people who know the Iranian architecture.

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Part of memoirs of Seyed Hadi Khamenei

The Arab People Committee

Another event that happened in Khuzestan Province and I followed up was the Arab People Committee. One day, we were informed that the Arabs had set up a committee special for themselves. At that time, I had less information about the Arab People , but knew well that dividing the people into Arab and non-Arab was a harmful measure.
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Kak-e Khak

The book “Kak-e Khak” is the narration of Mohammad Reza Ahmadi (Haj Habib), a commander in Kurdistan fronts. It has been published by Sarv-e Sorkh Publications in 500 copies in spring of 1400 (2022) and in 574 pages. Fatemeh Ghanbari has edited the book and the interview was conducted with the cooperation of Hossein Zahmatkesh.

Is oral history the words of people who have not been seen?

Some are of the view that oral history is useful because it is the words of people who have not been seen. It is meant by people who have not been seen, those who have not had any title or position. If we look at oral history from this point of view, it will be objected why the oral memories of famous people such as revolutionary leaders or war commanders are compiled.

Daily Notes of a Mother

Memories of Ashraf-al Sadat Sistani
They bring Javad's body in front of the house. His mother comes forward and says to lay him down and recite Ziarat Warith. His uncle recites Ziarat and then tells take him to the mosque which is in the middle of the street and pray the funeral prayer (Ṣalāt al-Janāzah) so that those who do not know what the funeral prayer is to learn it.