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Oral Narratives

Oral history is recording interviews with eyewitness participants on events of historical significance to get their personal testimony on these events. While this is the narrow definition of the term, oral history includes the taped recording (whether audio or video), the transcript, in addition to using these in-depth interviews as a research method.

EBHRC has more than 200 hours of oral history recordings with people who played a key role in Egypt’s public policy and enterprise since the 1950’s. 

The first group of interviewees were selected to document Egypt’s industrial experience from 1956 to 1991, and included ministers of industry during this period, among other public officials.    

The initial recordings and interviewees triggered widening of the focus of the project to include, among others, research and development, planning and general public policy, banking, insurance, finance and microfinance.

In addition, following the January 25 Revolution, EBHRC staff participated in the University-wide documentation project University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution. 

Oral Narratives AY 2013 - 2014 (in process):
Wahid Adly, president and chief executive officer, EEC Group
Ali Soliman, PhD, academic staff member, Department of Economics, British University in Egypt

Some of our narratives* include:
Ismail Sabry Abdallah, former minister of state for planning
Mohamed Abdel Wahab, former minister of industry 
Samir Amin, economist, intellectual and director of the Third World Forum
Alfonse Aziz, former expert, Ministry of Planning
Mounir Ezzeldin, chairman, Egyptian Linen Company
Adel Gazarin, former chairman and managing director of Al Nasr Company for Automobiles 
Mohamed Mahmoud El-Imam, former minister of planning 
Ibrahim El-Issawi, National Planning Institute
Fawzi Mansour, economist
Bahaa Rafaat, chairman and managing Director, Egyptian Knitting and Ready Made Company
Hussein Sabbour, founder, Hussein Sabbour Consulting Bureau
Aziz Sedky, former prime minister and former minister of industry
Fouad Sultan, former minister of tourism and civil aviation

For more information about the complete list of oral narratives available for researchers, conditions of use and access of archival material, please email ebhrc@aucegypt.edu.

*Important Note: Titles of our interviewees are those that were most relevant at the time of the interview.