By Raif Badawi
Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his innovations on politics, faith, and liberalism on-line. He was once sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in felony, and a very good of one million Saudi Riyal, over 1 / 4 of one million U.S. money. This politically topical polemic gathers jointly Badawi’s pivotal texts. He expresses his evaluations on existence in an autocratic-Islamic kingdom less than the Sharia and his conception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the mandatory separation of country and faith.
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Regarding the novel’s title, there is nothing more problematic than what the author said in one of his interviews: I think that the name came upon me, and I’m not even sure where it came from, nor why. I think it has something to do with the childhood of the protagonist of the book, and the destructive fights his mother went through against the world of men. Maybe it’s also partly because the book takes place in the ’70s and the ’80s: a generation that was engulfed by the dreams of liberality but chained by the need to control.
Yes, this is taking place right now, in the twentyfirst century. Many rejected Hamza’s2 messages on Twitter; they didn’t wait for the official sentencing before judging him. The tweets of those calling for his blood were written by thirsty vampires. Some of Hamza’s detractors reached new lows when they linked his tweets with the Enlightenment movement as a whole. They went looking, with their sharp mouths and their heavy souls, for an ugly war against all who fight for civilization and enlightenment.
The persecution of Kashgari is a failed and pathetic attempt by the extremists to find a loophole in the Law of Printed Material and Publications, which was promulgated by a royal decree. They wish to prosecute every writer and freethinker who 5 6 10 0 0 L a s h e s doesn’t echo their affirmations. They want to judge Kashgari under the laws of sharia that support their own ideologies, not the current laws, made possible by a royal decree. The campaign against freedom of speech began in 1998, when writer Turki al-Hamad3 was accused of apostasy.
1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think by Raif Badawi