The Human Rights Turn and the Paradox of Progress in the Middle East

The Human Rights Turn and the Paradox of Progress in the Middle East

by Mishana Hosseinioun

Hardcover(1st ed. 2018)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319572093
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 10/13/2017
Series: Middle East Today
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mishana Hosseinioun is an International Relations and Middle East scholar at the University of Oxford, UK, and President of MH Group, a global consultancy specializing in high profile international legal and diplomatic case files before such platforms as the African Commission and Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Table of Contents

1. The Human Rights Turn

2. The Cultural Relativism Trap

3. The Universality Test

4. A Regional Rights Regime

Section 1: Rights in Perspective

5. Egypt

6. The United Arab Emirates

7. The Islamic Republic of Iran

8. The Paradox of Progress

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“Amidst all the gloom and doom that surround the Middle East today, it is refreshing to come across a serious scholar who is able to look at the bright side and offer sound reasons for hope. Dr. Hosseinioun’s focus is on human rights but she also places under an uncompromising lens many of the myths about the allegedly innate nature of authoritarianism in the region. Her book is deeply researched, rich in new information, highly original, thoughtful and thought-provoking. It deserves the attention of students, policy-makers, and the general public.” (Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Oxford University, UK and author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arabs)

“Hosseinioun's book is a provocative and timely challenge to all-too-common assumptions about the prospects for human rights progress in the Middle East. She shows that this region is characterized, not only by human rights violations, but by progress in the growth of human rights culture. One of her major contributions is to demonstrate the contributions to human rights culture that Middle Easterners have made, both historically in the articulation of universal moral values and in the development of human rights doctrine and institutions since 1945.” (Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, Duke University, USA and author of The Heart of Human Rights)

“A book that is not only easily readable, but a thorough and scholarly work. Dr. Hosseinioun ‘debunks’ Western views about the incompatibility of Islam and its adherents with human rights. I enjoyed the book and believe others will, too.” (HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia)

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