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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.

To view list of narrative projects at EBHRC, click here.

For available projects for researchers, conditions and requests to access the material, email

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