Raif Badawi, The Voice of Freedom by Ensaf Haidar
My Husband, Our Story

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A sobering exposé of Saudi Arabian culture and a tribute to the courage and strength of both the author and her husband.


A powerful first-person account of Ensaf Haidar’s life wither her husband, Saudi Arabian social activist Raif Badawi, and her worldwide campaign to free him from imprisonment
Ensaf Haidar's unforgettable account of her marriage to imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi tells the story of the survival of their love against all odds, and of her courageous fight for her husband’s freedom.

When Ensaf and Raif married in 2002 they shed tears of joy; they had overcome the resistance of her family and the rigid conventions of Saudi Arabian culture, and their battle to be together was finally won. But an even greater challenge lay ahead.
After the romance of their clandestine courtship, the triumph of their wedding day, and the ups and downs of married life, Ensaf discovers that Raif is becoming active in the liberal movement. Their partnership grows stronger as Raif works tirelessly, daring to question the social order of Saudi Arabia — until his activities attract the attention of the religious police. With Raif under increasing surveillance, Ensaf reluctantly accepts exile as the only way to protect their three young children, hoping that Raif will soon join them.

But Raif's arrest and subsequent sentence — to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes — change everything. Ensaf must take up the fight for her husband’s life, galvanizing global support and campaigning for his freedom — and their right to be reunited as a family again.

This profoundly moving memoir is both a love story and an inspiring account of the making of not one but two heroic human rights activists.

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Ensaf Haidar was born in 1975 in Jizan, Saudi Arabia. Against the will of her family she married Raif Badawi in 2002. When Raif was imprisoned, Ensaf and their children escaped from Saudi Arabia and were finally granted asylum in Canada. Since then Ensaf has been desperately fighting to free her husband and raise awareness of Raif’s story across the world.Andrea C. Hoffmann is a political editor and Middle East expert for the news magazine Focus and has been travelling the region for more than fifteen years. She recently coauthored The Girl Who Beat Isis: Farida’s Story (Vintage). Hoffmann’s reportages about Iran have been awarded many prizes.Shaun Whiteside has translated many books from the German, including the works of Nietzsche, Spengler, and Freud.
Author Residence: Sherbrooke, Canada
Author Hometown: Jazan, Saudi Arabia
Published May 17, 2016 by Other Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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on Mar 16 2016

A sobering exposé of Saudi Arabian culture and a tribute to the courage and strength of both the author and her husband.

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