Human Rights in Egypt - Shadi Mokhtari
Aspiring for Human Rights but Rejecting its Politics: Why Egypt's 2011 Popular Uprising Should make us Re-Examine How We Understand Popular Views of Human Rights in the Middle East? In recent decades, there has been much debate over how to promote human rights and women’s rights in the Middle East, a part of the world thought to be resistant to human rights norms because their cultural and religious worldviews conflict with the international framework. Using the case of Egypt before, during and following the 2011 uprising, Shadi Mokhtari argues that in many instances it is perceptions that the politics and practice of human rights is morally contradictory and far from the framework’s emancipatory promise that is a greater barrier for Middle Eastern populations engaging with the paradigm than cultural or religious resistance to to parts of it. Shadi Mokhtari is Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. She specializes in human rights, Middle East Politics and Political Islam. She has an extensive background in human rights and women’s rights issues in the Middle East and Muslim World. She is the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East (Cambridge, 2009), which was selected as the co-winner of the 2010 American Political Science Association Human Rights Section Best Book Award. From 2003 to 2013, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights Her research looks at human rights dynamics, politics and discourses in the Middle East and between Middle Eastern and Western actors. She holds PhD & LLM degrees from York University, a JD from the University of Texas and a MIA from Columbia University.