“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Why Oral Histories?

Oral histories are recordings of individuals telling stories about their lives and about events they have witnessed and experienced. They can be told as monologue narratives or through interview. Such first-hand accounts give people the power to tell their own history, which is all too often told by "victors" and the powerful. Being able to share their individual stories gives storytellers a sense of ownership and control and can be very empowering. It also promotes self-reflection and critical thinking.

Sharing these stories and diverse narratives instigates internal dialogue, discussion across borders, and can impact feed into cultural outputs, research and policy.

The stories and collections on this platform reflect diverse topics and communities of and from the Arab world and aim to strengthen the ability of citizens to hear and be heard and to engage in honest productive interactions, free from the rhetoric and analyses of politicians and pundits.

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”

Fyodor Dostoevsky