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1000 Lashes

Because I Say What I Think

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  • ISBN: 9781771642095
  • Tags: Current Affairs & Politics, Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss, Raif Badawi,
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 7.5
  • Published On: 17/07/2015
  • 88 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781771642101
  • Tags: Current Affairs & Politics, Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss, Raif Badawi,
  • Published On: 31/07/2015
  • 88 Pages
Description

"Raif Badawi's is an important voice for all of us to hear, mild, nuanced, but clear. His examination of his culture is perceptive and rigorous. Of course he must be saved from the dreadful sentence against him and the appalling conditions of his imprisonment. But he must also be read, so that we understand the struggle within Islam between suffocating orthodoxy and free expression, and make sure we find ourselves on the right side of that struggle.” —Salman Rushdie

The pivotal texts of Raif Badawi, the liberal Saudi Arabian blogger arrested for blogging about free speech, and sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison on charges related to accusations that he insulted Islam on his blog.

Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his thoughts on politics, religion, and liberalism online. He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a fine of around $315,000. This politically topical polemic gathers together Badawi’s pivotal texts. He expresses his opinions on life in an autocratic-Islamic state under the Sharia and his perception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the necessary separation of state and religion.

Raif Badawi is a Saudi Arabian writer and activist and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals. He has been imprisoned since 2012. Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of her husband and has issued an impassioned plea to the Saudi Arabian authorities for his release.

Lawrence M. Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist and a bestselling author of many books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He is a vocal advocate of the importance of science and reason as opposed to religion and superstition.

Reviews

"Raif Badawi's is an important voice for all of us to hear, mild, nuanced, but clear. His examination of his culture is perceptive and rigorous. Of course he must be saved from the dreadful sentence against him and the appalling conditions of his imprisonment. But he must also be read, so that we understand the struggle within Islam between suffocating orthodoxy and free expression, and make sure we find ourselves on the right side of that struggle." -Salmon Rushdie

"Badawi writes for his generation, and for all those interested in changing the Arab and Islamic world for the better.” -Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Heretic and Infidel

"By continually putting himself in the place of the other, Badawi shows us that the fight for personal and intellectual freedom is never someone else’s job, somewhere else. His exhilarating call to action is a reminder that liberty everywhere is always a work in progress.” -The Globe and Mail

"Badawi’s writings are refreshing...This slim but fascinating and informative volume clearly brings home the consequences of our benign neglect of the Saudi totalitarian situation.” -Library Journal

"Necessary reading for anyone who wants to better understand a state that many Western countries consider an ally." -Publishers Weekly

Excerpt

Freedom of Speech is the air that any thinker breathers: it’s the fuel that ignites the fire of an intellectual’s thoughts.

Throughout the past centuries, nations and societies advanced through the work of their intellectuals, who present their ideas and philosophies. The people, thereafter, can pick from that pool of viewpoints whichever intellectual style suits then; they can even develop it to reach the deep seas of knowledge, progress, civilization, and prosperity.

Many civilizations and human rights organizations believe that freedom of speech is a basic human right, and they call upon Arab regimes to reform their policies when it comes to freedom of speech. As a human being you have the right to express yourself. You have the right to journey wherever your mind wanders and to express the thoughts you come up with along the way. You have the right to believe, and to atone, the same way you have the right to love and to hate. You have the right to be a liberal, or to be an Islamist.