Friday, October 10, 2003

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: Shirin Ebadi has become the 3rd Muslim and 11th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Good call. From her biography...

Ebadi represents reformed Islam, and argues for a new interpretation of Islamic law which is in harmony with vital human rights such as democracy, equality before the law, religious freedom and freedom of speech. As for religious freedom, it should be noted that Ebadi also includes the rights of members of the bahai community, which has had problems in Iran ever since its foundation.

EDIT: Argh. Stupid Blogger ate half my post. I shall continue.

Ebadi is a courageous and seldom voice in the Islamic world and now has become a spokesperson for the voiceless. Winning the prize does not only promote the Iranian cause, but it gives her the kind of immunity that would prevent the Iranian authorities from locking her up again, as they've done numerous times (the last time being 1999 if I'm correct). It's also an improvement over murderers, like Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin in 1994 and Henry Kissinger and Le Doc Tho in 1973.

Oxblog with more. (Oh, and don't miss Patrick Belton's article on the "Arab and Muslim capital of the United States;" Dearborn, Michigan. Very impressive.)

That's all for now.


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