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Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Anthony Tirado Chase


522 pages

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Recent events such as ‘Iran’s Green Revolution’ and the ‘Arab Uprisings’ have exploded notions that human rights are irrelevant to Middle Eastern and North African politics. Increasingly seen as a global concern, human rights are at the fulcrum of the region’s on-the-ground politics, transnational intellectual debates, and global political intersections.

The Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa:

  • emphasises the need to consider human rights in all their dimensions, rather than solely focusing on the political dimension, in order to understand the structural reasons behind the persistence of human rights violations;
  • explores the various frameworks in which to consider human rights—conceptual, political and transnational/international;
  • discusses issue areas subject to particularly intense debate—gender, religion, sexuality, transitions and accountability;
  • contains contributions from perspectives that span from global theory to grassroots reflections, emphasising the need for academic work on human rights to seriously engage with the thoughts and practices of those working on the ground.

A multidisciplinary approach from scholars with a wide range of expertise allows the book to capture the complex dynamics by which human rights have had, or could have, an impact on Middle Eastern and North African politics. This book will therefore be a key resource for students and scholars of Middle Eastern and North African politics and society, as well as anyone with a concern for Human Rights across the globe.

Table of Contents

Section I Introduction and Overview 1. Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa:Indivisibility, Social Rights, and Structural Change Anthony Tirado Chase Section II A Conceptual Frameword: Political, Economic, and Cultural Rights in the Middle East and North Africa 2. Political Legitimacy, Contingency, and Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Hussein Banai 3. Economic Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat 4. Cultural Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Art, Revolution, and Repression, Mark LeVine Section III A Political Framework: Intersecting Human Rights and Governance Crises in the Middle East and North Africa 5. Genocide in the Contemporary Middle-East: A Historical and Comparative Regional Perspective, Martin Shaw 6. The ISIS Crisis and the Broken Politics of the Arab World: A Framework for Understanding Radical Islamism Nader Hashemi 7. The Impact of the AKP on Human Rights in Turkey: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, Turan Kayaoglu 8. The Politics of Human Rights in Iran Since the Green Movement, Shadi Mokhtari and Neda Nazmi 9. Narrating Law: Israel and the Occupied Territories, Kathleen Cavanaugh 10. The United States and Israeli Violations of International Humanitarian Law, Stephen Zunes Section IV A Transnational and International Framework: Human Rights beyond Borders 11. Rival Transnational Advocacy Networks and Middle East Politics at the UN Human Rights Council, Laura Landolt 12. Redefining Rights: OIC Attempts to Reshape Values in the UN Human Rights System, Ann Mayer 13. Human Rights, Youth, and Technology: Agents of Change? Mahmood Monshipouri 14. Rights, Refugees, and the Case of Syria: What Do Human Rights Offer, Kathleen Hamill Section V Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa 15. Colliding Rights and Wrongs: Intimate Labor, Health, Human Rights, and the State in the Gulf, Pardis Mahdavi 16. Turning Back the Clock: Population Policy and Human Rights in Iran, Homa Hoodfar 17. Women's Rights in the Middle East: Constitutions and Consequences, Anicée Van Engeland 18. The Arab Uprisings and the Future of Human Rights, Micheline Ishay Section V1 Religion and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa19. Shari`ah and Human Rights Khaled Abou El Fadl 20. Islam, the Principle of Subjectivity, and Individual Human Rights, Bassam Tibi 21. The OIC, Human Rights and Religion: Rejection, Reconciliation or Reconceptualization? Marie Juul Petersen 22. Rhetoric versus Reality: American Foreign Policy and Religious Freedom in the Middle East, Barbara Ann Rieffer-Flanagan Section VII Transitions and Accountability in the Middle East and North Africa 23. Core Transitional Justice Debates in the Middle East and Beyond, Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm 24. Courts as a Tool in Transitions: Lessons from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Chandra Sriram 25. Lessons on Transitioning from Authoritarianism: Pitfalls and Promise from Tunisia's Experience, Rim el-Gantri 26. The Impact of Impunity for Violating Cultural Rights in Morocco Section VIII Conclusions from a Global Viewpoint: Theoretical Justifications and Contestations around Human Rights 27. International Human Rights at 70: Has the Enlightenment Project Run Aground? David Forsythe 28. On the Local Relevance of Human Rights, Koen de Feyter 29. Israel/ Palestine, Human Rights and Domination, Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon 30. The Quest for Constructive Criticism: Critical Approaches to Human Rights, Alison Brysk 31. Making Human Rights 'Universals' from the Ground Up? Lisa Alfredson Section IX Conclusions from a Grassroots Viewpoint: Reflections on Dynamics around Struggles for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa 32. Reflections on Three Decades of Human Rights Work in the Arab Region, Fateh Azzam 33. Egypt 2011-2015: How can a Democratic Revolution Fail to Improve Human Rights Conditions? Amr Hamzawy 34. Reflections on Human Rights Before and After the Arab Spring, Bahey eldin Hassan 35. Human Rights, Law and Politics: A Reflection on Human Rights Work in the Middle East and North Africa

About the Editor

Anthony Tirado Chase is a Professor in International Relations at Occidental College, USA. Professor Chase is a theoretician of human rights, most often in the context of the Middle East. His most recent article is "Human Rights Contestations: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" in International Journal of Human Rights (April, 2016). His previous books are Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (2012) and Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (co-edited with Amr Hamzawy, 2006).

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies