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Every Society has to Move with Two Wings of History and Literature

 

 

An interview with, Hedayatalah Behboodi, the manager of Islamic Revolution Literature Office in Academy of Arts

Forward:

The Islamic Revolution Literature Office has started its activity since 1372 in order to author the history of the glorious Iran Islamic Revolution, and has gained incredible successes in collecting the short history of Revolution years from 1342 to 1357. We have interviewed Behboodi, the manager of this Office, concerning the results of activities which have been done in the Islamic Revolution Literature Office.

 

Which year did the Islamic Revolution Literature Office start its activity? And what was its purpose?

With the establishment of Literature and Islamic Resistance Office in the year of 1376, and obtaining several successes in the arena of collecting and publishing the diaries, short stories and journals in the various forms, Academy of Arts of Islamic Development Organization got the idea of repeating these successes in the arena of Revolution. The Islamic Revolution Literature Office was established in 1372 in this direction, and started its movement in two arenas of history and literature. After publishing almost 40 volumes of books in the fields of short story and novel; and also with the establishment of a work shop in order to write novels in Academy of Arts, the Islamic Revolution Literature Office has focused on its activities only in the segment of history that has continued so far. We tried to pursue and publish the history of Revolution period in various forms especially from 1342 to 1357 that we can point to calendar writer, oral history, and encyclopedia writing.

 

Which methods did you use in collecting the information and who helped you in gathering the works?

In collecting the works, we referred to some people who were not professionals. Also they did not have the title of "historian and researcher". Of course we put the bricks from down so that the Islamic Revolution Literature Office was established. For this reason, the people who are active in this Office have passed the course of training, experience and maturity somehow, and the works which have been done, were made during the maturity of people.

 

 To what extent was the range of your activities? Could you cover the whole country or you just focused on Tehran more?

First, it is a fact that this matter considered Tehran more. However, any event which is occurred in Tehran, utters the first word in the country and surely the rest of the country is affected by that. So, the visual media or the organizations which work in the field of Revolution, take care to Tehran compulsorily. But we should accept that we have not done many works concerning the provinces. Of course, we have interviewed as much as possible with the people who were the fighting centers of provinces and also they were considered as a guide of the people of region. Furthermore, we registered their memories, but this flaw will be removed by the efforts of organizations and institutions that try about the Revolution in the recent years. For example, the institution of arrangement and publication of Imam Khomeini`s works has published some noticeable books concerning the history of Revolution in small counties, such as Khomein, and also big towns such as Tabriz. Furthermore, the center of investigation of historical documents tries and is active about the former central Intelligence Agency in the provinces. Thus, we should underline that many works have not been done about the authoring of Revolution history in the regions especially in the small cities.

But the movements which have been accomplished in the last years give us hope that the provinces will have also got the local histories concerning the Revolution. Because, first the people of one region know about the help of their fathers concerning the Revolution at a historical period, this matter helps the unity and consistency of them. Secondly, this work is important and noticeable especially in some regions such as Kordestan, Sistan and Balouchestan, Khouzestan and Azarbayejan because the Revolution memories can foil the centrifugal plots and resorts guided out of Iran and more ever these diaries can be a firm document concerning this matter that these regions always considered themselves as a part of Iran's plateau and they also still consider themselves.

 

How can people who want to investigate about Revolution access to archive and registered information in Islamic Revolution Literature office?

The works which have been printed in the form of book have been distributed in the libraries and bookshops but this Office owns some important registries (archives) that perhaps are unique in the country. One of the archives is consisted of more than five thousand hours of interview with some people who had been involved in Revolution somehow: these are existed in the form of valuable wealth in this office.

 In addition, we have an archive about the men of current history especially the men of fighting period that is consisted of 5000 folders or 1000 handwritings from the alive men of country that have written their biography and sent them to us. Also, the specialized library of this office is active with the subject of Revolution, current history and the relevant publications.

 Beside them, we have got a big archive that has included 30000 informational slips or fiches concerning the events of two years of 1356 and 1357 and events of 1340 to 1344. These archives are not confidential and every researcher who wants to investigate about relevant subjects to Revolution can refer to Islamic Revolution Literature Office and take the permit of using them.

 

what is the definition of Islamic Revolution Literature Office  about its task and resposibility toward the transfering and introducing Revolution to the next generations? How much this office has been successful in this field?

What we are doing concerns the society of investigators and researchers. In order to communicate with the youngesters, we should follow another methods. In fact the definition of our task is making a platform in a way that other groups can come to these platforms or walk in this direction. Hence, if a person wants to create another productions concerning the event of Revolution by using these documents, For example  if he or she wants to write a short story or novel, or a director wants to produce a film about this case, we have prepared this ground; and in my opinion, we have been successful so much in this field.

 Whereas if we believe in our task, we should hasten in the first step and adress the young people and it would be impossible with bare hands. So, we have prepared the ground, basis and foundation of this work, and if we want to have an organizational view, it is the task of Academy of Arts Offices that should convert the information to another productions that youngesters can use them. Thus, in my opinion, the Islamic Revolution Literature Office has worked less considering  its definition about its task in the field of familirezing the generation after Islamic Revolution with the Islamic Revolution, because this office considers this task for the other instituations and organizations that work on Revolution. In fact this office considers these organization to be in charge of this task.

 

How much is the applicability of history and literature in conveying the events of Islamic Revolution to the next generations ?

In the field of preserving the events and conveying them to future, every society has to move with two wings of history and literature and no work is imagined except the historical researches and artistic and literary efforts in this field. So, a historian or an artist must know his tasks and accomplish them well and this class of society should know that they complete each other. But, we should know our weaknesses. We should know this matter that in which field do we have a weakness? After  that we should compensate these weaknesses and also make progress in the fields of history, literature and art and we should notice that if the important incident of Islamic Revolution be shaped in two domains of literature and history well, we will not have any anxiety about the transformation of the events to next generation.

 

Some organizations and instituations are active in relation with the Islamic Revolution. Which methods do exist concerning their supplementary? And basically do you see parallel-making in this field?  

Revolution is an alive and flowing subject and is not a movement that has stopped in the past. We are a tile among 10 tiles that are active on the theme of Revolution in the country. We defined our task and concentrated our activity from 1342 to 1357. So, if a considerable and qualified managment is existed among the research organizations and institution so that they can have better definitions for another puzzles, these institution can complete each other. Unfortunately, there is no such managment and poin of view in the country, but these instituations can reach to coordination automatically. For example, if the documentary center of Islamic Revolution starts some activities in a period of Revolution, another organization accomplishes its activity in the other part of Revolution's history. But all of these relations are accomplished conventionally. But we can see to parallel-making in some cases. Another issue that `we should point to, is that an organization cannot bear the whole history of Revolution, for example we cannot write the history of Revolution from 1357 up to now. So, if we focus on the years of Revolution's Victory, this definition should be mentioned for other instituations and organizations so that parallel-making do not happen in the field of writing the history of Revolution.

 

How is your activity in the field of the events which happened in the early time of Revolution or the groups which were established? Is there any writing  in this field ?

In my opinion, more investigation should be done in this matter and we should settle the ambiguties and as it is said, we should be patient until the flowing process of Revolution calm down. For example, every kind of writing concerning a group such as the Mojahedin Organization of Islamic Revolution, that has a lot of claimants, opponents and supporters will make tension and there are obstacles that do not let an organization enter into Revolution's events easily. But, however, it should be written even though we should be paitient in this field .

By the way, foreigners have been very active in this case, but because their resource is just guess, they make a lot of mistakes. But, our activities are clear and according to a definition that we have from our task. Since the production of these works are time consuming, we will produce 4 or 5 works yearly, but our works are clear and accurate, and took us at least 5 up to 6 years.

 

What are the last activities which have been done in the Islamic Revolution Literature office ?

We are preparing the second volume of Islamic Revolution encyclopedia which has fluent and favorable style. Also, we are preparing the third and fourth volumes of calender of  Khordad 15 event ,and the tenth and eleventh calender of Islamic Revolution that we hope to be accomplished soon and become available for the public.            

 

 

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