Oral history helps us to capture the memories, stories and experiences of people who have heard about, witnessed and participated in events of significance in their contemporary history. Oral history in the digital age has become more efficient in the collection, curation and dissemination of human voices and other connected heritage material using a variety of media.

ISCU’s Oral History Project seeks to preserve the history of significant events and social changes, as well as the intangible cultural heritage—such as oral traditions, devotional literature, languages, performing arts, rituals, festivals, and indigenous arts and crafts—of the diverse Ismaili communities around the world. The main goal is to capture and present the geographical, linguistic, and historical diversity of these communities.

Preserving oral history as part of the intangible heritage of Ismaili communities is crucial to create a record of the past for academia and future generations. 

In addition to recorded oral history interviews, the team are developing a web-based portal to receive and present stories in text and audiovisual forms from communities with digital access. This portal will provide an opportunity for people to share their stories and memorabilia in written, spoken or self-recorded forms.

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