Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab WorldEditat de Will Kymlicka, Eva Pföstl
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 20 Mar 2014
claims 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 challenging older 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).
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 author of seven books published by Oxford University Press, including Multicultural Citizenship (1995), and MulticulturalOdysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (2007).Eva Pföstl is Scientific Director in the Department of Law and Economics at the Istituto di Studi Politici S. Pio V, Rome, Contract Professor at the University LUSPIO Rome and LUISS University Rome, and Adviser of the Tibetans in Exile. Her research interest focus on comparative constitutional law with a special focus on minority and group rights in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. She is author of several publications among them La questione tibetana. Autonomia e non indipendenza. Unaproposta realistica, Marsilio Editore 2009.