Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World

Hardcover | March 28, 2014

EditorWill Kymlicka, Eva Pfostl

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Since the Arab Spring, Arab states have become the new front line in the struggle for democratization and for open societies. As the experience of other regions has shown, one of the most significant challenges facing democratization relates to minority rights. This book explores how minorityclaims are framed and debated in the region, and in particular, how political actors draw upon, re-interpret, or resist both the new global discourses of minority rights and more local traditions and practices of co-existence. The contributors examine a range of pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial factors that shape contemporary minority politics in the Arab world, and that encumber the reception of international norms of multiculturalism. These factors include the contested legacies of Islamic doctrines of the"dhimmi" and the Ottoman millet system, colonial-era divide and rule strategies, and post-colonial Arab nation-building. While these legacies complicate struggles for minority rights, they do not entail an "Arab exceptionalism" to global trends to multiculturalism. This volume explores a number of openings for new more pluralistic conceptions of nationhood and citizenship, and suggests that minority politics at its best can serve as a vehicle for a more general transformative politics, supporting a broader culture of democracy and human rights, and challengingolder authoritarian, clientalistic, or patriarchal political tendencies. The chapters include both broad theoretical and historical perspectives as well as more focused case studies (including Western Sahara/Morocco, Algeria, Israel/Palestine; Sudan; United Arab Emirates, and Iraq).

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Since the Arab Spring, Arab states have become the new front line in the struggle for democratization and for open societies. As the experience of other regions has shown, one of the most significant challenges facing democratization relates to minority rights. This book explores how minorityclaims are framed and debated in the region,...

Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. His work, translated into 34 languages, has focused on how democratic countries address issues of ethnic, racial and religious diversity, with a special focus on the theory and practice of multicultural citizenship. He is the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:March 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Will Kymlicka and Eva Pfostl: IntroductionPART I: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives2. Janet Klein: Minority Rights and Multiculturalism in the Arab World: A View from History and the Kurdish Periphery3. Joshua Castellino and Kathleen Cavanaugh: Transformations in the Middle East: The Importance of the Minority Question4. Zaid Eyadat: Minorities in the Arab World: Faults, Fault-lines and Co-existence5. Francesca Maria Corrao and Sebastiano Maffettone: Arab Minorities, Liberalism, and MulticulturalismPART II: Case Studies6. Jacob Mundy: Bringing the tribe back in? The Western Sahara dispute, ethno-history, and the imagineering of minority conflicts in the Arab world7. Eva Pfostl: The Role of the Amazigh Movement in the Processes of Political Reform in Postcolonial Algerian Society8. Nicholas McGeehan: The Gulf's Servant Class9. Hassan Jabareen: Hobbesian Citizenship: How the Palestinians Became a Minority in Israel10. Brendan O'Leary: The Federalization of Iraq and the Break-Up of Sudan11. Joseph Yacoub: How does the Arab World Perceive Multiculturalism and Treat its Minorities? The Assyro-Chaldeans of Iraq as a Case Study