The Human Rights Turn and the Paradox of Progress in the Middle East

  • Mishana Hosseinioun

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Human Rights Turn

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 3-17
    3. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 19-32
    4. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 33-51
    5. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 53-74
  3. Rights in Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-78
    2. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 79-106
    3. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 107-131
    4. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 133-157
  4. The Paradox of Progress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Mishana Hosseinioun
      Pages 161-177
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-209

About this book


This book aims to shift the limited and often negative popular understanding of the Middle East’s place in the world by chronicling the region’s contributions to the international order rather than disorder, and to the development of the international human rights system. It elucidates the many paradoxes that make the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region both a troubling place and also a region brimming with great potential for peace, prosperity and progress. By demonstrating the paradox of human rights progress amid regress, the book tells a radically new and more hopeful side of the story of the region that has largely been obfuscated and omitted from the chronicles of history. In so doing, it shows that fostering a human rights culture is not only possible for all universally, it is inevitable. 


Liberalism Constitutionalism Democratization MENA human rights culture freedom universal human rights human rights instruments

Authors and affiliations

  • Mishana Hosseinioun
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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