The following article is part of a series featuring items from the Ajam Digital Archive. The Ajam Digital Archive focuses on twentieth century Persianate Life. If you are an academic…
Using materials from the Ajam Digital Archive, Narges Bajoghli recounts the experiences of Iran-Iraq War veterans who spent endless days during their youth fighting in close combat in dark and bloody trenches.
The items collected for the Ajam Digital Archive will allow us to document and record history from below—how it was actually lived, experienced, and understood. It is precisely these histories that were ignored in favor of tales that focused exclusively on wars and revolutions, rarely giving us a sense of how life was lived amidst it all.
Ajam has a new digital archive, and you can work with us to create an incredible database of stories and images from the 20th century.