Minority Rights in the Middle East

Hardcover | May 26, 2013

byJoshua Castellino, Kathleen A. Cavanaugh

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Within the Middle East there are a wide range of minority groups outside the mainstream religious and ethnic culture. This book provides a detailed examination of their rights as minorities within this region, and their changing status throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Therights of minorities in the Middle East are subject to a range of legal frameworks, having developed in part from Islamic law, and in recent years subject to international human rights law and institutional frameworks. The book examines the context in which minority rights operate within thisconflicted region, investigating how minorities engage with (or are excluded from) various sites of power and how state practice in dealing with minorities (often ostensibly based on Islamic authority) intersects with and informs modern constitutionalism and international law.The book identifies who exactly can be classed as a minority group, analysing in detail the different religious and ethnic minorities across the region. The book also pays special attention to the plight of minorities who are spread between various states, often as the result of conflict. Itassesses the applicable domestic legislative instruments within the three countries investigated as case studies: Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, and highlights key domestic remedies that could serve as models for ensuring greater social cohesion and greater inclusion of minorities in the political lifeof these countries.

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Within the Middle East there are a wide range of minority groups outside the mainstream religious and ethnic culture. This book provides a detailed examination of their rights as minorities within this region, and their changing status throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Therights of minorities in the Middle East are s...

Joshua Castellino is Professor of Law and Head of Law at Middlesex University, London, and Adjunct Law Professor of Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Ireland. He worked as a journalist in India and completed his PhD in International Law in 1998. He has authored six books on issues concerning Global Minority Rights, Internationa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199679495

ISBN - 13:9780199679492

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Contemporary Middle East2. Minority Identities in the Middle East: Religious Minorities3. Minority Identities in the Middle East: Ethno-National and Other Minorities4. Minority Rights in Iraq5. Minority Rights in Syria6. Minority Rights in LebanonConclusion