The positions of criticism in oral history

The purpose is to contribute mechanisms for various texts on the field of oral history or titled oral history in Iran, which are less frequently read, criticized and evaluated. It was a time when just few works were done in this area; if it was examined and criticized, it would be possible that nobody take step in this direction. But today, we are faced with a variety of published titles every day;

A speech by Alireza Kamary

Tips about oral tradition and its relation with history

Greetings to all of the attendees; the meeting is held for reviewing and criticizing the translation of the book “Oral Tradition as History” authored by Jan Vansina. It has been translated by Farhad Nam Baradar Shad. It is obvious that we here talk about the book’s text and content particularly about its translation. Nevertheless, I would like to touch upon several tips about oral tradition and its relation with history.

The Unfinished Flight

Every year, on September 29, they are commemorated, because these commanders were great people. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says in his memories: "martyr Kolahdooz was one of the extraordinary and rare figures. I used to say many times to my brothers in IRGC, and now I say again, he was a man if survived, it would be hoped that IRGC could double speed of its hardworking and hoping effort.

We Get Oral History from Memory

Another sacred defense week came; after 38 years when the Iraqi war imposed against the Islamic Republic of Iran, by Saddam Hussein, and when 30 years the year in which the war ended. Another sacred defense week came to remind us of how the eight-year war and defense was, and how the warriors of the Islamic Republic of Iran had passed that days.

The day when Abadan became happy

Breaking the siege in 9 hours

The city was in siege for one year. It was not a living thing, but did not tolerate captivity like living creatures. The breath of Abadan had almost stopped over the coming of Saddam army forces. They were unhappy of putting their feet on the ground; this unhappiness started on 11th of October 1980 when Abadan was on the verge of captivity. There are written resources about that time one of which is Pares News Agency (current IRNA).

Memory Writing Road Is Slippery, Please Be Careful!

In recent years, with growth of mass media and expansion of cyberspace and increasing interest in historical subjects, we are witnessing activity of the media (written and digital) that through poorly conducted interviews, which apparently are aimed at disseminating unconsidered or less-known memories and information about contemporary history, a wave of misleading, sometimes incorrect and inaccurate contents leads to minds and eyes of the audience.

Application of subject-oriented oral history in local historiography

At present, thanks to two important events of the Islamic revolution and the Sacred Defense in our country, a significant number of individuals around this vast country are determined to play a role in recording and registering the events related to the two. The oral history experts can seize this opportunity to promote their products in this area qualitatively and quantitatively.

Hidden History and Oral History

Whereas history is a science of events and past conditions and story of past people, these events are in the minds of people, so anyone can be a narrator of events from the past through his memory. People in different parts of the world as valuable resources and treasures of information in the field of history can play a significant role in enriching oral history.

Historians are the First Reporters

"Mazar-i-Sharifis fallen. 17th Moradad 1377 (8th August, 1998), here is the place of the Iranian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, and I am Mahmoud Saremi, the reporter of Islamic Republic of Iran, Taliban group have entered into Mazar-i-Sharif few hours ago. Instant, instant news! Mazar-i-Sharif was fallen by Taliban ...

The origin of questions in oral history interview

More or less, we face with the request of introducing sample of questions for an interview and even more, some have done unsuccessful efforts to prepare a checklist of questions for an oral history interview. In this text, we deal briefly with this question what resource is the origin of questions in oral history and whether we can create a bank of questions for an interview in oral history?
A memory from Mohammad Reza Yousefi

Stealing medicines from the city pharmacy

In the days after the Islamic Revolution, many people remember that young people gathered in different parts of the cities, and each one represented a group: groups such as the Tudeh party, Monafeghin or the hypocrites, the Fedai Guerrillas, the Democrats, Hezbollah, etc. each of which debated with each other with different political opinions and worldviews, and sometimes physical conflicts occurred between them during the debate. I was also interested in such street debates.

An Intelligent Demonstration

The people of Kurdistan did not have the courage to attend the demonstration due to pressures the regime had put on them. Whenever there was a demonstration across the country, there was no news in Saqqez until we, as the exile who were 10 to 11 people, decided to hold a demonstration there. When we started to demonstrate, two-three police cars had turned on their lights and followed us along with ...

Feeling of suffocation in runnel

Translated by M. B. Khoshnevisan
Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th of Dey 1357 (December 30 and 31, 1978) had coincided with the first days of the lunar month of Safar 1399. It had been four or five days since we left the sit-in. The regime showed terrible and intimidating behaviors and confrontations. On the other hand, we also prepared a big rally, which ended at Khorasan Governorate. From the first days of the Dey, the Pahlavi ...
Book review:

A Pious Fighter

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of Qom Seminary, the Islamic Revolution Document Center has published a collection of books. One of them under the title "A Pious Fighter" is dedicated to the oral history of the life and struggles of Ayatollah Seyyed Hassan Mousavi Shali. This work, authored by Mohammad Kazem Ameli, describes the narrators life, education, religious, cultural and political activities in four chapters.