‘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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The book ends with her arrival at Tehran airport in save for the Epilogue, dealing with her American publishing problemsand there’s little sense of the consequences of her winning the prize, especially in Iran itself.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Ebadi understood from the beginning that: Ebadi offers us a vivid picture of the struggles of one woman against the system. You are commenting using your WordPress.

There was also some actual liberalisation, and in women were again permitted to practise law.

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Apr 10, Pages Buy. 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 ebaci lawyer battling an oppressive regime in the courts while bringing up her girls at home. Ebadi got her license, but found out soon rian that: 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.

Ebadi does not spend a great deal of time on her early career — the Shah has been deposed and Ayatollah Khomeini is back in Tehran by page 35 — and it is her life and work under the Islamic Republic that is the focus of the memoir. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Outspoken, controversial, Shirin Ebadi is one of the most fascinating women today. Officially, she was transferred to the legal office, but it was a position in no way commensurate with her qualifications and experience. Ebadi describes the hope that came with the election of Mohammed Khatami — “an unequivocal popular mandate for change” — inbut notes that expectations were far too high in a country where the president only had limited powers.


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It did not take long for his antiquated interpretation of Islam to start creeping into everyday life: Ebadi writes about Iran from Iran. 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.

Ebadi herself believes in the secular separation of religion and government because religion is subject to interpretation, with almost invariably terrible resultsbut she also understands that the system she finds herself in is one where the two are completely intertwined. On the one hand this is a country where Ebadi found herself on a hitlist of intellectuals to be assassinated by members of the regime, on the other hand the government itself played a role in uncovering and stopping these rogue elements.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. 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.

But is there an alternative battlefield? Inspired by Your Browsing History. Iran Awakening written “with Azadeh Moaveni”, whatever that means is a fairly simple and short memoir, recounting her life, lingering over a number of the more significant cases she was involved in as well as other significant events, and with occasional commentary on what she sees as the situation in Iran and the injustices of the Islamic Republic system.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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 and discrimination and become a powerful voice for change, almost universally embraced as a hero.


Iran Awakening – Canada. She decided that the best thing she could do was restrict her practise to pro bono cases, so she could: Still, overall, there’s a good mix of the personal her marriage and familythe political and specifically the changing situations in Iranand the legal specifically some of the horrible cases she is involved in. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Mein Iran – Deutschland.

Born inian entered law school in and was appointed a judge in If they came for me, it meant it was all over for women in the justice system, and perhaps in government altogether. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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Iran Awakening

Ebadi, herself a devout Muslim, represents hope for many in Muslim societies that Islam and democracy are indeed compatible. 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.

Unfortunately, the book does not mention her thoughts on Khatami’s screwball successor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or the direction she believes the country might be going in now. 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. She wonders about how she will explain these times to her daughter, putting it nicely: But the worst was yet to come: You are commenting using your Twitter account.