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Nowadays, oral history is one of the famous and efficient approaches of historiography. The historical material for this approach is achieved by active interview and then it will be presented to society in different styles and frames. This method of historiography started by recording interviews and then developed. Nowadays some scholars and research centers prefer to record the narrators' face, feelings and behavior in addition to their voice and consequently they are interested in filming techniques.
From its beginning in 1948, this kind of historiography has been the target of sympathetic and defiant opinions. Different societies and communities were formed to fertilize and classify the information in this regard correctly and also exchange different opinions by holding specialized seminars and workshops to help the development and presentation of the idea of oral history.

In this regard, the Iranian Oral History website started its work unofficially from the February of 2008 simultaneously with the 4th Professional Iranian Oral History Seminar and inaugurated officially in February of 2009, simultaneously with the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Persian and English are the basic languages of this website.

Managers and designers of this website are of active people in the field of oral history and are trying to manage this site professionally in related subjects. So, it covers related topics such as: diaries, travelogues, chronologies, and memoirs and so on.

One of the important aims of this website is to create a proper environment for debating different thoughts and opinions in the field of oral history. The other aim of this website is to establish connections with oral history scholars and societies in and out of the country and presenting the latest oral history achievements and information via these links.

This website contemplates to make some not easily accessible published oral history documents, pictures and articles accessible for the viewers from all over the world.
The directors and the staff of this website would be pleased if you refer to the address of this website when using these materials in your works� list of references.

Since oral history is one of the most popular ways of historiography, we are planning to design a virtual training workshop in this website for all the interested people. We hope in this way all the people can play roles in conserving the culture and history of this country.
We are trying hard to minimize our weaknesses and deficiencies and in this regard we need the cooperation and assistance of you all. This website is yours and we want you to share with us in the improvement of it by presenting articles and offering your suggestions.



 

Address: Iranian Oral History Website, Hozeye Honari (Arts Center) Building, 3rd Floor, Hafez-Somayyeh crossrods, Tehran, I.R.Iran, P.O.Box: 18518/1677
 
Tel: +98-21-84172370, +98-21-81918133 (121, 217)
 


 

A Part of Memoirs of a Soldier

The embankment where we were stationed led to the Khorramshahr asphalt road. For this reason, the Iraqis tried hard to recapture it. And finally, near at noon, they were able to settle in the embankment next to the asphalt road and shoot diagonally towards us from there. We had no choice but to retreat. Captain Barati, the battalion commander, ordered two kilometers behind to build an embankment for us to settle there.

Your Problem is Different / You Hinted Not to Hit More

One day, they came to me and said: “We want to take you to the prosecutors office so that the investigator will interrogate you.” We had been famous for the meetings we organized as the Anti-Baha’i Association. At that time, there were many people in Jahrom that worked in different jobs; Among other things, there was a sergeant major in Shahrbani (law enforcement force), who stood guard duty instead of the guard ...

Privacy and Its Niceties in Oral History

Privacy in the process of recording and publishing memories is an issue that has attracted attention of activists in this field and those interested in legal issues in recent years with the expansion of activities of memoirist individuals and groups. Oral history interviews include close and personal relationships between interviewers, narrators and their organizational sponsors. This relationship is important for all groups. Interviewers feel an obligation to the people who have allowed ...

Memories of Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Hadi Khamenei

Memories from Prison about MKO
Regardless of all the issues, training in prison challenged me and some of my friends, and its main factor was the same cabals, especially Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO); it runs in the name of a religious prison and intended to manage the cells openly and secretly, and anyone who wanted to enter this cycle, had to accept the whole organization and its establishment. They even recruited some low-level clerics to achieve their goals.