“Seeking Information from the Lips of People”: oral history in the archives of Qatar and the Gulf region View Full Text


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DATE

2018-07-11

AUTHORS

Sumayya Ahmed

ABSTRACT

The turn to oral history in Qatar and the Arabian (also known as Persian) Gulf is not a rejection of traditional archival authority as has been the case in other parts of the world. In the Gulf, oral history has been embraced out of a desire to fill the silences of the largely unwritten record attributable to previous low levels of literacy and strong oral traditions in the region. Today, oral history is seen as the best method to capture details about traditional ways of life during the pre-oil era. After discussing archival concerns about the evidentiary nature of oral histories, this paper explores how it has come to be a crucial documentation tool in the Gulf, adapted to the specific nation building and cultural heritage priorities of the region. More... »

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1-16

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Archival Science

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3

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18

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http://scigraph.springernature.com/pub.10.1007/s10502-018-9293-8

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