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After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society) Hardcover – April 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521767538 ISBN-10: 0521767539 Edition: 1st

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"Insightful, sober, and forward looking analysis of the practice of human rights in the harsh realities of violent conflict and moral ambivalence. This is how to uphold principled commitment to human rights, through critical pragmatic optimism, not unrealistic naivety or futile mutual aggression."

- Dr. Abdullahi A. An-Na'im
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law
Emory University

"Critical of the constructivist theory's omission of human rights violations in western states, Mokhtari examines the human rights discourse that emerged in the US after the torture of the US captives in the Abu Ghraib and other prisons became public. She shows that human rights advocacy has been successful in pushing the US courts and Congress to recognize the relevance of international human rights law, but only by reproducing the prevalent "East/West geography of human rights," which treats the US as the origin and innate holder of international human rights norms and the East as the outlaw to be tamed and taught. Moreover, the Middle Eastern human rights NGOs appear to have accepted and internalized the core assumption of this binary. This book is not only original and timely, but it also has strong ethical and theoretical dimensions. As a documented commentary on policy, constructivist theory, and NGO strategies, it is a must reading for all who are concerned about human rights issues."

- Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat
Juanita and Joseph Leff Professor
Political Science, Purchase College, SUNY

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The book presents human rights struggles within and between the United States and the Middle East in the post-September 11th era. This book looks at both the human rights failings and opportunities that emerged after September 11th and particularly after Abu Ghraib. It is also unique in placing American and Middle Eastern human rights developments side by side in a way that provides a fuller picture of the era's human rights struggles and achievements.

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