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This book traverses three pivotal human rights struggles of the post-September 11th era: the American human rights campaign to challenge the Bush administration's 'War on Terror' torture and detention policies, Middle Eastern efforts to challenge American human rights practices (reversing the traditional West to East flow of human rights mobilizations and discourses) and Middle Eastern attempts to challenge their own leaders' human rights violations in light of American interventions. This book presents snapshots of human rights being appropriated, promoted, claimed, reclaimed and contested within and between the American and Middle Eastern contexts. The inquiry has three facets: first, it explores intersections between human rights norms and power as they unfold in the era. Second, it lays out the layers of the era's American and Middle Eastern encounter on the human rights plane. Finally, it draws out the era's key lessons for moving the human rights project forward.


‘Mokhtari's comparative study of human rights in the US and Middle East is very original. She has conducted empirical research in Jordan and Yemen and writes about the subject with intimate knowledge … This interesting, critical book is a refreshing contribution to the literature: it can be used in undergraduate courses and in courses at law schools that deal with human rights, but it can also be enjoyed by general readers.’

A. AbuKhalil Source: Choice

‘Shadi Mokhtari's After Abu Ghraib is original and conceptually incisive in its argument that much-publicized U.S. violations of human rights - epitomized by Abu Ghraib - have helped stimulate a healthier human rights discourse in both the Middle East and, to a lesser degree, the United States … Mokhtari uses her field research and theoretical grounding to move us beyond some cliched debates in human rights, advance a critique of U.S. insularity even among human rights defenders, and open our eyes to key trends in the Middle East. This is an impressive achievement.’

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