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Kowsari, Hamid

Oral History Interview

Interviewer
Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
Place
Bethesda, Maryland
Date
September 10, 1991
Condition
Open
Language
Persian
Content
Interviewee Details
Member of the Confederation of Iranian Students (CIS), 1963-1978; Periodic Secretary of CIS, 1960s and 1970s.
Abstract
Family and educational background; beginnings of politcal activity in Iran; on the National Front's protests of 1959-60; on student activism in the U.S.; on the consolidation of CIS in the U.S.; history of CIS--differences between CIS organization and leadership in U.S. and in Europe; early ideological orientation of CIS in the U.S.; early factions in CIS in the U.S.; radicalization of CIS in the U.S.; on tensions in the National Front in Iran in 1964-65; on Mostafa Chamran; on the division of students between the left and the Islamic forces; structure and working of CIS; changes in CIS in the 1970s; ideological factors affecting factionalism in CIS; Iranian government and CIS; CIS in Europe; on the CIS break-up; CIS and the Islamic revolution.

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