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Avini Collection

The Avini Collection is a fully academic and University-based research collection which currently includes 516 books and films (both documentary and fiction) on different topics and angles vis-à-vis the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988).

All the material in this collection comes from the official and generous donations of different governmental and semi-governmental research centers and institutions within Iran.

All books and most of the documentary films are in the Persian language; however, most of the fictions films are in Persian with English and French subtitles.

The aim of the creation of this collection is to create a fully academic bridge between researchers working in this field within and outside Iran. 20 years after the end of this war, no serious comparative and interdisciplinary research has yet been undertaken on this topic.

The book collection includes topics such as:

  • The political history of the Sacred Defense;
  • The biography of Iranian army leaders (martyred);
  • Memoirs of Iranian captives in Iraq;
  • Memoirs of Iraqi captives in Iran;
  • Memoirs of martyrs’ wives and families about their beloved;
  • Bibliography and index of books and articles regarding the Iran-Iraq war;
  • The day-to-day calendar of the Iran-Iraq war;
  • Photo collections regarding the Iranian war fronts and martyrs;
  • Novels, stories, and poems about war;
  • Martyrs’ testimonies.


We are grateful to many researchers within Iran who helped us in this project. Special thanks go to: A.Kamarei, M. Sarhangi, H. Davoudabadi, N. Samadzadeh, N. Talebzadeh and H. Valinejad.

For more information about the Avini Collection, please contact:

Dr. P. Khosronejad: pk18@st-andrews.ac.uk

Morteza Avini (1947–1993) was a distinguished Iranian documentary filmmaker and reporter of the Iran-Iraq war. Avini was killed on 9 April 1993 by a landmine while making a documentary about the missing soldiers in the former war fronts of southwestern Iran.

The University Library is grateful for the donation of the Avini Collection which has been added to our already considerable Iranian Studies Collection.  A full list of titles in the Collection can be seen in SAULCAT. The Iranian Studies Collection can be found on level 4 of the Main Library (Main Library floor plan Level 4 (PDF, 530 KB)).

Pedram Khosronejad has also written a book chapter which includes information about Avini himself, his film and the Iran/Iraq war:

Khosronejad, Pedram (2012) ‘The Iran-Iraq War and the creation of Sacred Defence Cinema’, in Iranian Sacred Defence Cinema: Religion, Martyrdom and National Identity, P. Khosronejad (ed.), Sean Kingston Publishing, U.K., pp. 1–57. https://www.academia.edu/1981151/Iranian_Sacred_Defence_Cinema_Religion_Martyrdom_and_National_Identity. Or borrow the book from the University Library.