Qulaitizing Oral History Works-2

Mahya Hafezi
Translated by Ruhollah Golmoradi


The Iranian Oral History Website has conducted short conversations with some experts and practitioners on the topic of how to improve oral history books or memoirs, the results of which will be presented to the readers in the form of short notes and in several parts.


  More interaction with the audience

Advances in technology have provided tools for oral history book producers to better engage with the audience. For example, instead of printing photos and documents at the end of the book, these images can be uploaded online; Then, using the quick response barcode, the link of the images can be provided to the audience.

Using this method, cost of publishing book and consequently price of the book will be reduced. In this new method, the images are provided to the audience in color and with high resolution. It is also possible for the reader to enlarge the images so that he/she does not lose the details of the photo and the document.

For example, the book “Bang-e Azadi (call of freedom)” has used this method, and it is possible for the reader to hear the audio pieces mentioned in the book.


Suitable paper for printing

Using white writing paper to print the book makes the reader's eyes tired. On the other hand, if the volume of the book is large, it would be heavy. To solve this problem, it is suggested to print the book on bulky paper. However, due to high porosity, these papers are thicker but lighter. Also, the proper printing of this type of paper does not bother the reader's eyes. Interestingly, such paper is cheaper than other types.


Proper arranging chapters

Arranging chapters of each book is different from another book. The text specifies the logic of arranging chapters. For better communication with the audience, correct and logical arrangement of chapters should be done. Using appropriate titles for each chapter is one of the essentials of proper arranging chapters.


To be continued…


Qualitizing Oral History Works-1


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Heads of National Front Meet Imam

On ninth of Aban, 1357 (October 31, 1978), misters Dr. Karim Sanjabi, Haj Manian and Mahdian came to Paris from Tehran to meet the Imam. Dr. Banisadr, Mr. Salamatian and Haj Ahmad [Imam's son] was also present in their first meeting with the Imam. After greetings, Mr. Sanjabi who had been sitting next to the imam, started talking quietly - almost whispering; suddenly, the imam pulled their heads back and said:

Secret campaigns

Sedigheh Amir Shahkarami the narrator: we were two sisters and three brothers who started secret campaigns against the regime during the Shah and in order not to be arrested by SAVAK (secret police), we had a covert life during the years 52 and 53 (1973 and 1974). At first, Mehdi and Mohammad Amir Shahkarami were the members of the Mujahedin Organization. But after a while, they realized the deviation of their beliefs, ...

Establishment of Islamic Revolution Central Committed as narrated by Alviri

At this time (Bahman of 1357 – February 1979), grouplets such as Peoples Fedai Guerrillas and Mojahedin Khalq Organization misused the mayhem of the country, storing a large quantity of weapons in their team house. Even when the Imam ordered the people to hand over the weapons to the mosques, instead of handing over their weapons to the mosques, these grouplets built a headquarters and took the peoples weapons and stored them.
A cut from memoirs of Iran Torabi

Preparation of Soosangerd Hospital

We arrived in Soosangard around noon. It was the 21st day of Mehr [1359] (October 13, 1980). The situation of the city was almost the same as Ahvaz, and even worse. There was dirt and destruction everywhere. The city had almost been deserted. As Ahvaz Red Crescent had said, the city was still within reach of the enemy and no place was safe from their artillery and mortar fire. We rushed to the city hospital.