first_img“In addition, my experience in life and my academic”In addition, my experience in life and my academic background (the courses I took several years ago in my PhD or masters programs, about human rights and feminism) led me in this direction,” he says.Rafizadeh is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria, recently moved to the US and became a US citizen. He is also a policy analyst, public speaker, best-selling author, business advisor and leading expert and commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East.The title of his book “illustrates the intersection between religion, male-dominated societies, and womens rights.””I have been asked about the word God. The word God refers to the religion of Islam, its legal codes regarding women, and Muslim men who use this God to justify their violence against women. In the book, I explain that how words of God in Quran clearly provide the platform (powerful platform with specific legal code) for men to subjugate and dehumanise women,” he says.Asked how his childhood experiences shaped his future in politics and human rights advocacy, he says, seeing how people were being abused and harassed on a daily basis shaped how he looks at the world. Also, growing up in both the Persian and Arab world gave him a unique perspective about the social, political and cultural landscapes of both Arab and Persian, Sunni and Shia, and Muslim and non-Muslims communities.”As you know, there are some deep-rooted tensions between Arabs and Persian. A marriage between an Arab and Persian is very rare. So, I think I was lucky enough to have an Iranian and Syrian parents and grew up in both societies and saw the differences first hand,” he says.advertisementOn problems he faced being an Iranian-Syrian, he says the first thing that comes to his mind is being subject to constant racism with the level of racism in Iran much higher than that of Arabs.”The second thing was racism in Europe before I came to the US and became a US citizen. Before becoming naturalised, I was not allowed to get on the plane, by mostly German officers (as well as sometimes security forces from Arab countries), although I had a valid visa and I was travelling to speak at or work for some of the most significant and largest institutions in the world such as the UN, ICRC, and the Diplomatic Academic of Vienna.”I would get back home humiliated and had to get another ticket or had to have my visa reissued if it had expired,” he recalls. (MORE) PTI ZMN ANSlast_img read more