To be Unveiled:

Mosul Prison: Encyclopedia of Memories

Elham Saleh
Translated by Abbas Haji Hashemi


Javad Kamvar-Bakhshayesh is to unveil his latest complication, Mosul Prison: Encyclopedia of Memories, at Tehran's Andisheh Culture Center.  
Iran Oral History Website (IOHW) -- The book entails memories of Ali Asghar Robat-Jazi, a detainee in the Iraqi city's prison which are gathered by Javad Kamvar in a new volume.
"This book is based on memories but because it has been compiled in a research framework, it can be regarded as an encyclopedia of detention," says Kamvar who accidentally got to know Jazi and began recording his memories.
He believes one of the features of his work is the vivid display of psychological and corporal tortures that the inmates had
to undergo in the prison.
"Ali Asghar is closely dependent on his wife which brought her so much pain in Iran while her husband was being kept at an Iraqi detention camp," Kamvar said.
The couple exchanged many letters during Ali Asghar's imprisonment and both tried to calm the other one down and encourage them to remain strong and resort to the Lord for helping them walk past the hardships of those years.
"The two were deeply educated in the Holy Quran and other Islamic books like Nahjolbalagheh and because of that the letters they wrote to each other teemed with hope."
Kamvar says his book's target readers are either researchers or those who are interested in learning about the livelihood of Iranian prisoners of war in Iraqi detention camps. As a matter of fact, Jazi held a leadership in the camp where he was being kept and this has been vividly demonstrated throughout the book.
"I tried to offer as much information as there was about every single one of the facts I presented in the book," said Kamvar highlighting the book's documentation of facts. "This had its own hardship as well; it was difficult to bring all the references that I came across while doing the book."
Arranged in 8 chapters called "Gates", Mosul Prison: Encyclopedia of Memories is the transcript of 50 hours of interviews with Jazi and 30 hours of interviews with other persons who were involved in his life.
In its appendixes, the 642-page tome entails a collection of photos, references, and bibliography of the documents, books and journals the author referred to for documentation of his work.
Soureh Mehr has published by book and it will unveil the work next Monday in a ceremony at Tehran's Andisheh Culture Center.

Number of Visits: 3594


Full Name:

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.

A Critique on Oral history of War Commanders

“Answering Historical Questions and Ambiguities Instead of Individual-Organizational Identification”
“Oral history of Commanders” is reviewed with the assumption that in the field of war historiography, applying this method is narrated in an advancing “new” way, with the aim of war historiography, emphasizing role of commanders in creation of its situations and details.
A cut from memoirs of Jalil Taeffi

Escaping with camera

We were in the garden of one of my friends in "Siss" on 26th of Dey 1357 (January 16, 1979). We had gone for fun. It was there that we heard the news of Shah's escape from the local people. They said that the radio had announced. As soon as I heard this news, I took a donkey and went on its back.