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Sohrab Ahmari is a Law student at Northeastern University, USA. As a member of the American Islamic Congress's New England Council, he organizes in Boston's Iranian and Muslim communities and frequently addresses diverse, interfaith audiences about the struggle for individual liberty in the Middle East.
Nasser Weddady is Civil Rights Outreach Director of the American Islamic Congress. He helped design and administer the 'Dream Deferred' essay contest, and has helped lead several high-profile campaigns to free imprisoned dissidents in North Africa, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and beyond.
Reading here of the Arab peoples and their struggles seems to echo uncomfortably with our own history, knowing how long it took to wrestle power from the religious and political elites, how long for women in particular to gain the rights that should be theirs. This book of wishes and dreams lays out the hopes – and prayers of those in the Arab world struggling for the most basic of human rights. It shows vividly that beneath the public face seethes discontent, fear and longing for a better world. There is optimism, sadness, hope and despair, a growing number of people unhappy with their lack of rights and freedoms. One is left feeling anger at the sclerotic regimes who hold down their population at any cost and with hope that there will be a better way. Like for Like ReadingKarama! Journeys through the Arab Spring, Johnny WestThe Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising, Paperback 256 pages C Hurst & Co Publishers 1st July 2011 9781849041591