2022 Islamic Revolution History Book Prize Winners Announced

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TEHRAN — The best books published on the Islamic revolution in the past year were honored at the second edition of the Islamic Revolution History Book Awards on Tuesday.

“Absolute Value of a Conspiracy: The Neqab Coup in Documents” won the award for Best Documentary Research.

In this book, scholars Shadab Asgari and Esmaeil Qamarian Moammareh examine the Neqab (Mask) coup, also known as the Nojeg coup.

The coup was attempted on July 9, 1980 by several hundred senior nationalist Iranian officers and paratroopers who traveled to Nojeh Air Base near the city of Hamadan to lead a military revolt against the Republic newly established Islamic.

In the oral history category, the prize was awarded to “The Chief’s Mosque: An Oral History of the Keramat Mosque” written by Morteza Ansari based on research and interviews by Hassan Soltani, Ahmad Asgari and Seyyed Mohammad-Amir Ahmadi.

The book tells the story of the Keramat Mosque located near the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad. Due to its massive programs of social and religious activities, the mosque is the epitome of a perfect Islamic center where the leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, was the imam in the 1970s. Accordingly, it is also known as the “Chief’s Mosque”.

The prize for the best research and historical study was awarded to “Iran in the process of revolution: Imam Khomeini and the clash between tradition and modernity”.

Mostafa Taqavi-Moqaddam wrote the book to explain why the Islamic Revolution broke out.

“A Cautious Contemplation: A Passage to the Political and Social Life of Ayatollah Hajji Sheikh Hadi Barikbin” was selected as the best book in the biography and memoir category.

Written by Masud Atashgaran, the book is a biography of Sheikh Hadi Barikbin, a senior cleric who served as the Leader’s representative in Qazvin from 1981 to 2014. He died in 2017.

In the documentation section, no book was called the best. However, “Days of Sabzevar” received an honorable mention.

The book shed light on the contributions that residents of the city of Sabzevar in northeastern Iran made to the Islamic revolution in the 1980s.

It was authored by Mahmud Shamabadi, Mohammad Keikhosro and Abolfazl Rezai based on research by Esmaeil Hashemabadi and Mohammad Asgharzadeh.

The organizers also paid tribute to several cultural figures, including actor Ali Soleimani for his efforts to promote books on the Islamic revolution. He died of COVID-19 in 2021.

Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili was among the officials present at the award ceremony held at the Islamic Revolution Martyrs Cultural Complex.

The Institute of Contemporary History and the Iranian House of Book and Literature launched the awards in 2021 to reward publications on the subject of the history of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Photo: An author (R) is honored during the 2nd Islamic Revolution History Book Awards at Islamic Revolution Martyrs Cultural Complex in Tehran on April 19, 2022. (Fars/Fatesemeh Amuzad)

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