‘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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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.

A world based on Islamic law is tough to deal with, since there will always be ambiguity: 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. 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.

One of the staunchest advocates for human rights in her country and beyond, Ms.

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Outspoken, controversial, Shirin Ebadi is one rian the most fascinating women today. Ebadi’s memoir is a useful quick introduction to the conundrum that is contemporary Iran.

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.

And her tale of what one woman can accomplish even under trying circumstances is certainly inspirational. I had started keeping a file of clippings from the newspapers to present to her later, when she would be old enough to demand explanations and my own memories, hopefully, would have faded. 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 understands the many who left the country, but the resulting brain-drain obviously deeply troubles her; one of the beadi decisions for her is her own daughter having to make the choice of whether to pursue higher education in Canada.

Ebadi does not spend a great deal of time on her early career — the Shah snirin 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.

Iran Awakening – Shirin Ebadi

Born inshe entered law school in and was appointed a judge in Ebadi offers us a vivid picture of the struggles of one woman against the system. Sure, the Iranian human enadi champion also has a heart of gold.

On the one hand this is a country where Ebadi found herself on a hitlist of intellectuals to be assassinated by awakennig of the regime, on the other hand the government itself played a role in uncovering and stopping these rogue elements. How could this be? But the worst was yet to come: Ebadi focusses on a few episodes, including her own imprisonment, as well as her return home after learning she won the Nobel Prize, but a lot is left unsaid.

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 awakning tellingly, even though she married a fairly open-minded man, it was Ebadi who ebqdi always responsible for the household and everything involved in keeping it up.

Iran Awakening

In her Epilogue Ebadi notes: See all books by Shirin EbadiAzadeh Moaveni. It did not take long for his antiquated interpretation of Islam to start creeping into everyday life: It is the Nobel Peace Prize that she received in that made Sshirin lawyer Shirin Ebadi an internationally recognised figure.


The complete review ‘s Review:. Banned for publication in Iran due to political content. Notify me of new comments via email.

International Banned Book: Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

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. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

And while her memoir can not be published there, she at least is in a position to publish it elsewhere though, as it turned out, American law almost prevented its publication there, too It is as though you are constantly viewing reality through shattered fun-house mirrors, and what looks tall or wide becomes so relative awakenong you abandon objective categories altogether: Is it harder this way?

And she emerges with head unbowed.

Iran Awakening – US. She is truly a woman of the people! 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.

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. Email required Address never made public. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Ebadi understood from the beginning that: Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi.