Monday, June 30, 2008

Shirin Ebadi Named Foreign Policy's #10 Top Public Intellectual

In its May issue, Foreign Policy Magazine named the worlds top 100 public intellectuals and then asked readers to vote for those they deemed most worth of top honors. More than 500,000 votes were cast and Shirin Ebadi placed as #10. According to Foreign Policy, "the top 10 public intellectuals in this year’s reader poll are all Muslim. The ideas for which they are known, particularly concerning Islam, differ significantly. It’s clear that, in this case, identity politics carried the day."

1 comment:

beautifulady said...

I am gratified by this news, and especially the fact that so many Muslims have been named to this list. It contradicts the common assumption that we Muslims are backward, ignorant, intolerant, etc. I am very pleased that so many people cast their votes for these excellent people.

Most of all, I continue to be grateful that most Americans do not believe the Bush administration propaganda saying that Iran is a terrorist nation and a nuclear threat. There is clearly no substantiation for this assertion; the IAEA report concluded that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons and has no capacity to do so. But Bush/Cheney have never allowed facts to get in their way when they want to do something. I'm afraid they will have their war before the November elections.