‘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 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. There was also some actual liberalisation, and in women were again permitted to practise law. Please try again later. She always worked within the system, whatever that system was and despite sometimes being marginalised far, far on the peripheryand never abandoned her homeland, feeling an obligation towards it.

A semi-free media does offer a platform for Ebadi and many others, and compared to other states in which Islam is influential, Iranian women have surprising opportunities, and yet much is still absolutely outrageous. And her tale of what one woman can accomplish even under trying circumstances is certainly inspirational.

She decided that the best thing she could do was restrict her practise awaakening pro bono awakenint, so she could: See all books by Shirin EbadiAzadeh Moaveni. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Ebadi writes about Iran from Iran.

Of course it is. On the one hand this is a country where Ebadi found herself on a hitlist of ebafi 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. In passing, many of the West’s and specifically the Awxkening States’ mistakes that have contributed and continue to contribute to the current situation are mentioned, and Ebadi’s local perspective — she is Iranian but anything but an apologist for the regime — is a useful one to have.

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. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Desperate wishing aside, I cannot see one. Ebad 02, Pages. You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.

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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Ebadi’s memoir is a useful quick introduction to the conundrum that is contemporary Iran. 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.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. And she emerges with head unbowed. 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 ebaci of ebado Islamic Republic system.

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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. Born inshe entered law school in and was appointed sihrin judge in 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.

Iran Awakening – UK. The complete review ‘s Review:. And while her memoir can ebadl be published there, she at least is in a position to publish it elsewhere though, as it turned out, American law almost prevented its rbadi there, too Outspoken, controversial, Shirin Ebadi is one of the most fascinating women today.

Iran Awakening – Shirin Ebadi

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 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 is the Nobel Peace Prize that she received in that made Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi an internationally recognised figure. Inspired by Your Browsing History. How could this be?

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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.

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. Stay in Touch Sign up.

The press-freedom awakeming 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. Sure, the Iranian human rights champion also has a heart of gold. About Shirin Ebadi Dr. The censorship that prevails in the Islamic Republic has made it impossible to publish an honest account fbadi my life here.

Sshirin is truly a woman of the people! Iran Awakening – US. Notify me of new comments via email. 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. Apr 10, Pages Buy. Email required Address never made public. She wonders about how she will explain these times to her daughter, putting it nicely: