A student gives final touches to classroom decorations as they gear up to celebrate National Teacher’s Day in Herat, Afghanistan, Monday, May 24, 2010. – AP Photo | Reza Shirmohammadi
The cover of a book does a lot for me. I love beautifully designed and creative book covers. I’m unlikely to read a book with a boring cover, and also likely to read a crappy book with a gorgeous cover. I went to the bookstore today and found these three books displayed next to each other. It was so pretty.
They look nicer in person. I want to read them now.
I’m doing some editing on here and making some private posts, which were previously public, public again. Maybe. If you’re following me on Google Reader or something like that and this floods your RSS feed, my apologies.
There are so many books I’m wanting right now, but I’ve imposed a buying ban, effective now, on books and other crap I don’t really need.
But if I could, I would totally pick up:
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by Fareed Zakaria
The Blue Notebook by James Levine
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
However, these a few of the books I’m determined to read this summer. I doubt that it will happen, though.
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
I want a fresh start.
The lecture last night was really great. For some reason, I expected it to be in English, but it was in Farsi.
The first thing Dr. Ebadi talked about was, to put it bluntly, how much Islam sucked for women and people of other faiths. I was starting to think that, although her points are correct and valid, that this lecture might validate certain people’s beliefs that Islam really IS oppressive to women. But when she turned it around and said that these backwards beliefs are only one (wrong) interpretation of Islam, I was in love.
To be concise, her main point was that democracy is not incompatible with Islam, and neither are human rights. If democracy is to exist in Iran (or any other nation, for that matter), it must come from the people and not from an occupying force. Also, human rights must be the framework for this democracy and human rights are not culturally relative.
There was oodles of other fun facts and things I never knew about Iran, like how the Iranian embassy in France issued fake passports to Jews fleeing the Holocaust in WWII. She also got a lot of cheers for saying that she was pro-choice. If you’re able to attend one of her lectures, I recommend that you do so.
My review of Lipstick Jihad was posted on Muslimah Media Watch. You can see it here if you’re interested. Or…you could just read it on here, but the ladies at MMW added new nifty pictures.