Ziya'i, Taher

Oral History Interview

Mahnaz Afkhami
Bethesda, Maryland
May 12 and 13, 1988
43pp. + summary + biographical note + index + photograph
Interviewee Details
Industrialist; Professor at Tehran University; Vice-Minister of Economy, 1955-1957; Vice-Minister of Industries and Mines, 1957-1960; Minister of Industries and Mines, 1960-1962; Senator, 1967-1979; President of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, 1975-1979.
Recollections of childhood and family background; reminiscences of education at Alborz High School; recollections of education in Germany during WWII; beginning entrepreneurial activities; recollections of the events of 1953; recollections of personal encounters with the leading members of the National Front; memory of conversations with Bazargan following the Revolution and Bazargan's comment on Ayatollah Khomeini; working of the Ministry of Industries and Mines; reminiscences of Ja`far Sharif-Emami, Ali Amini, and Amir Asadollah Alam; origins of industrial planning in Iran; recollections of events leading to the fall of the first Sharif-Emami government; on the formation of the Pahlavi Foundation; working and objectives of the Foundation; on the early months of the Revolution of 1978-79 and the pressure to force the resignation of various government officials; on the implementation of the edicts of the White Revolution and its impact on Iranian industries; on the land reform program and the role of Hasan Arsanjani in its implementation; structure and operation of Iran's Chamber of Commerce; recollections of the proceedings of the High Economic Council; on industrial planning in Iran, its determinants and its results; on government's anti-inflation campaign and the emergence of political discontent; personal experiences with the Revolution; on the causes of the Revolution.

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