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Monday 21 August 2017

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

Sunday 23/July/2017 - 08:56 AM
Sada El Balad

This book aims to shift the limited and often negative popular understanding of the Middle East’s place in the world by chronicling the region’s contributions to the international order rather than disorder، and to the development of the international human rights system. It elucidates the many paradoxes that make the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region both a troubling place and also a region brimming with great potential for peace، prosperity and progress. By demonstrating the paradox of human rights progress amid regress، the book tells a radically new and more hopeful side of the story of the region that has largely been obfuscated and omitted from the chronicles of history. In so doing، it shows that fostering a human rights culture is not only possible for all universally، it is inevitable.

Editorial Reviews
“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)

“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)

Series: Middle East Today
Hardcover: 199 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2018 edition (September 9، 2017)
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.3 inches

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