Mokhtari's book examines the changes in the human rights discourse in the United States and the Middle East after the maltreatment and torture of the U.S. captives in the Abu Ghraib and other prisons became public. Through the text analysis of speeches and news reports, as well as in-depth interviews with human rights NGO officials, she makes a thorough assessment that both credits and criticizes the NGOs. Mokhtari shows that human rights advocacy has been successful in pushing the U.S. courts and Congress to recognize the relevance of international human rights law.
About the Author
Shadi Mokhtari is Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University. She currently works with a domestic violence nonprofit organization in the Washington DC area and serves as the managing editor of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. She holds PhD and LLM degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; a JD from the University of Texas School of Law; a master's in international affairs from Columbia University; and a BA from American University. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and has contributed chapters to books, including Islamic Law and International Law (�he Iranian Search for Human Rights within an Islamic Framework� (2007), Islamic Feminism and the Law (�owards a New Agenda for Islamic Feminism:Clearing the Human Rights Minefield� (2008), and Migrant Women's Search for Social Justice (�igrant Women's Interests and the Case of Shari'a Tribunals in Ontario� (2009). In 2006, she was selected as a �ew voices�panelist at the American Association of International Law Conference and was awarded honorable mention for the John Peter Humphreys Fellowship from the Canadian Council on International Law.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. American imaginings of human rights and the Middle East; 2. The human rights challenge from within; 3. The Middle Eastern gaze on American human rights commitments; 4. American imprints and the Middle East's new human rights landscape; 5. From the ashes of the post-September 11th era: lessons for the human rights project.