A Narrative of the Disaster

Understanding the Experience of Zahab Earthquake in the Context of a Traumatized History


  • Niloufar Baghban Moshiri PhD student at Tarbiat Modares University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8033-0143
  • Ismail Aalizad Assistant professor at Allameh Tabatabaei University




Kurds, collective narrative, oral history, disaster, trauma


Society's understanding of “suffering” and disaster determines how it will be encountered. In the present study, we apply a constructivist approach and study the understanding of November 12, 2017 earthquake in Zahab at the context of the traumatic history of the region. Applying critical ethnography, oral history, field research and in-depth interviews, we found out that the event is understood in the continuation of a history of irrationality and injustice. Narrators share a common fear among marginalized groups: fear of betrayal, to be forgotten and to be ignored. There exists a vital need for creating collective narratives and identities, hearing them, recognizing them and establishing a meaningful relationship between them.


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How to Cite

Baghban Moshiri, N., & Aalizad, I. (2024). A Narrative of the Disaster: Understanding the Experience of Zahab Earthquake in the Context of a Traumatized History. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 24(1), 45–62. https://doi.org/10.7146/ocps.v24i1.133717