Iran Awakening: From Prison to Peace Prize: One Woman's Struggle at the Crossroads of History Hardcover – Apr 5 2006
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Most Americans date troubles with Iran to the 1979 overthrow of the shah and the 444-day U.S. embassy hostage drama. Iranians date the friction back to 1953, when the U.S. orchestrated a coup that removed beloved Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Ebadi recalls that period as the beginning of shifting politics that would erode basic freedoms and notions of human rights in Iran. Raised to believe in gender equality, Ebadi became a judge but was demoted to secretary when the Islamic Revolution under Ayatollah Khomeini demanded subservience of women. Ebadi estimates that five million Iranians, feeling oppressed by the revolution, left the country, draining valuable resources and leaving bitterly separated families. Ebadi lost her profession, her friends, and her country but was determined to stay and speak out against oppression. She eventually returned to public life as a human-rights lawyer taking on the defense of women, children, and dissidents. Ebadi offers a very personal account of her life and her fight for human rights in Iran. Vanessa Bush
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"The safety and freedom of citizens in democracies is irretrievably bound with the safety and freedom of people like Shirin Ebadi who are fighting to reassert the best achievements of mankind: universal human rights. One of the staunchest advocates for human rights in her country and beyond, Ms. Ebadi, herself a devout Muslim, represents hope for many in Muslim societies that Islam and democracy are indeed compatible."
"This is the riveting story of an amazing and very brave woman living through some quite turbulent times. And she emerges with head unbowed."
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Top Customer Reviews
Articulately written, this book speaks to all who believe in fairness and perseverance in a system that does not make it easy for an individual's, even more so a woman?s, voice to singularly succeed at making change.
Mrs. Ebadi is someone who loves her country, loves her religion, and beyond all has not lost sight of and promotes the beauty of the Iranian spirit.
She reminds us of the Integrity that one has, and gets to keep, when one does not loose their values and vision in facing "brick walls". She makes the walls invisible, and persists on in such a submissive determination that it reminds me of Gandhi and what he was able to do in India.
This book was inspiring on such a level that today I feel more ready to deal with the world and my own walls no matter how incomparable.
Mrs. Ebadi, your unwavering vision of what is just and your unrelenting perusal of it makes me believe that there is hope in the world yet.