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Qoreishi, Ahmad

Oral History Interview

Interviewer
Sepehr Zabih and Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
Place
Moraga, California and Bethesda, Maryland.
Date
April 15, 1983 and July 8, 1988
Condition
Open
Language
Persian
Content
46pp. + summary + biographical note + index + photograph
Interviewee Details
Professor, National University of Iran (Melli University); Dean, School of Law, National University (1970-1976); Chancellor, National University (1977-1979; Chair, Executive Committee, Rastakhiz Party (1976-1978).
Abstract
Family and educational background; recollections of the intellectual and academic environment in Iranian universities in the 1960s and 1970s; planning for higher education in Iran; reorganization of the National University of Iran; political climate of the Iranian universities in the 1970s; extent of political freedom on the campuses; assessment of the quality of higher education in Iran; on SAVAK's influence in university campuses; on Parviz Sabeti; on Prime Minister Hoveyda's leadership style and personal qualities; origins of the idea of the Rastakhiz Party; structure, agenda, and mode of operation of the Party; Prime Minister Hoveyda's reaction to the Rastakhiz Party; on the Shah's distrust of the Rastakhiz Party and his efforts to curb its power; recollections of the management of the Rastakhiz Party by its various secretary-generals; extent of the Party's popularity and success; reasons for the Party's failure to curb revolutionary mobilization of the masses; on the meeting between the Shah and Karim Sanjabi in 1978; on Amir Asadollah Alam; on the administration of Khorasan Province; on the roots of the Revolution of 1978-79.

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