A memoir of revolution and hope
Fascinating autobiography by the first Muslim woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In this remarkable book, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, tells her extraordinary story.
Dr Ebadi is a tireless voice for reform in her native Iran, where she argues for a new interpretation of Islamic law in harmony with vital human rights such as democracy, equality before the law, religious freedom and freedom of speech. She is known for defending dissident figures, and for the establishment of a number of non-profit grassroots organisations dedicated to human rights. In 2003 she became the first Muslim woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
She chronicles her childhood and upbringing before the Revolution, her education and student years at the University of Tehran, her marriage and its challenges, her religious faith, and her life as a mother and as an advocate for the oppressed. As a human rights campaigner, in particular for women, children and political prisoners in Iran, her book is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the life story and beliefs of a courageous and unusual woman, as well as those interested in current events (especially those of the Middle East), and those who want to know the truth about the position of women in a Muslim society.
“One of the most remarkable resistance heroines of our dangerous times”
“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
“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”
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran
“Ebadi's inspiring memoir offers a first-hand look at her remarkable life”