I have been interested in Iran, its politics, its culture, and its history since high school. Iran is a country that is in my top 3 places I want to visit and I spend a significant amount of time scrolling through instagram pictures of places to see in Iran. I have read a few books about real accounts of people who live in Iran and experienced the revolution. I was so excited to read this book.
Iran Awakening is about the awakening of a country and its people. Shirin Ebadi was a judge in pre-revolutionary Iran, she was the first female judge in the country. When the revolution came, which she had advocated for just like many others in Iran, she was demoted to a clerk by religious clerics who thought that it was immoral to have a women serve as a judge.
So she became a human rights lawyer and took on cases for women and children that were so controversial, other lawyers didn’t want to be a part of them.
Ebadi is the winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and continues to represent those who are oppressed in her country. I think she wrote this book, not because she wanted to tell the world a sad story of a revolution, in fact I don’t believe she is in anyway anti-revolution. Instead, I think she told this story to let people know that revolutions are not meant to fix all the problems in the country and let everyone live happily ever after. Revolutions have supporters and opponents and they are not designed, nor should they be championed under the pretense that they will solve all the issues. Revolutions happen in a moment, but it is hard work and people who make the changes in the post-revolutionary environment.
She alludes to this mentality often in the book. People have asked her why she chose not to leave after the revolution had not worked out quite in the way everyone expected and she counters by implying that if everyone who didn’t like what happened left then there would be no one left to fix the issues that the country faces.
It is a very interesting perspective, that I don’t think gets heard enough. If you are interested, please read this book and let my know your thoughts!