‘Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope’ is a memoir written by Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi. In her book, Ebadi recounts her public career and. In this remarkable book, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, tells her extraordinary life story. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel.

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May 02, Pages. See all books by Shirin EbadiAzadeh Moaveni. Almost as a matter of course, Ebadi describes burning her library of politically objectionable books, the possession of which would get her in trouble with the authorities. Mein Iran – Deutschland. If I’m forced to ferret through musty books of Islamic jurisprudence and rely on sources that stress the egalitarian ethics of Islam, so be it. How could this be?

Ebadi’s memoir is a useful quick introduction to the conundrum that is ebqdi Iran. She eventually fought her way back as a human rights lawyer, defending women and children in politically charged cases that most lawyers were afraid to represent.

She has been arrested and been the target of assassination, but through it all has spoken out with quiet bravery on behalf of the victims of injustice awakenlng discrimination and become a powerful voice for change, almost universally embraced as a hero.

Ebadi got her license, but found out soon enough that: Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi. As she notes in her Epilogue, the cases deserve fuller treatment, but even the brief descriptions suffice to show what gross inequities there are, and how screwed up the legal system in Iran is. Irxn was also some actual liberalisation, and in women were again permitted to practise law.

Eventually, there were changes, including some that afforded women greater educational opportunities as, ironically, the strictly segregated classes and pervasive Islamic presence in the classroom made sending girls to university acceptable even for traditional fathers. The censorship that prevails in the Islamic Republic has made it impossible to publish an honest account of my life here.


Iran Awakening

Best known in this country as the lawyer working tirelessly on behalf of Canadian photojournalist, Zara Kazemi—raped, tortured and murdered in Iran—Dr.

Read it Forward Read it first. She recounts a variety of hair-raising cases; equally hair-raising is what passes for legal procedure in the Islamic Republic, as there is also rarely any sort of clear resolution. It was a career move that dimmed her marriage prospects — in Iran women had opportunities such as this, but the patriarchal society still had expectations of a more domestic role for women, and prospective grooms obviously worried about her independence; tellingly, even though she married a fairly open-minded man, it was Ebadi who was always responsible for the household and everything involved in keeping it up.

A world based on Islamic law is tough to deal with, since there will always be ambiguity: In her Epilogue Ebadi notes: What’s noteworthy, here and throughout the book, is the perspective she writes from: She rose quickly to become the first female judge in the country; but when the religious authorities declared women unfit to serve as judges she was demoted to clerk in the courtroom she had once presided over.

Outspoken, controversial, Shirin Ebadi is one of the most fascinating women today.

And she emerges with head unbowed. Sure, the Iranian human rights champion also has a heart of gold. The book movingly chronicles her childhood in a loving, untraditional family, her upbringing before the Revolution in that toppled the Shah, her marriage and her religious faith, as well as her life as a mother and lawyer battling an oppressive regime in the courts while bringing up her girls at home. Ebadi offers us a vivid picture of the struggles of one woman against the system.

As she notes, there was widespread opposition to the decadent and dreadful Shah and in the desire simply for change Khomeini became a convenient figure to rally around — but few realised what shirib implications were of letting a fanatic like him become the dominant figure in the nation.

International Banned Book: Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her work.


The press-freedom situation varies from time to time as well, but generally seems quite liberal — at least compared to the misguided repression found everywhere else in the Islamic Republic. She decided that the best thing she could do was restrict her practise to pro awa,ening cases, so she could: The tone is occasionally almost too casual, and certainly one wishes for much more detail, but ebaadi a short, aeakening readable introduction to woman, country, and legal system it serves its purpose.

In passing, many of the West’s and specifically the United States’ mistakes that have contributed and continue to shrin to the current situation are mentioned, and Ebadi’s local perspective — she is Awakenlng but anything but an apologist for the regime — is a useful one to have.

It did not take long for his antiquated interpretation of Islam to start ebaid into everyday life: Also by Shirin EbadiAzadeh Moaveni. And she does that well — though it must be noted that she is helped by a media that is not entirely under the thumb of the state, and thus permits the stories to reach the wider public.

She is truly a woman of the people! Desperate wishing aside, I cannot see one. You are commenting using your WordPress. Ebadi herself believes in the secular separation of religion and government because religion is subject to interpretation, with almost invariably terrible irnabut she also understands that the system she finds herself in is one where the two are completely intertwined.

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