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Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World

Anthony Tirado Chase
Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World
ISBN: 978-1-58826-801-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-077-7
2012/225 pages/LC: 2011044715
"An important and challenging book for Middle East and human rights scholars."—Turan Kayaoglu, The Muslim World Book Review

"Powerfully demonstrating the direct relevance of human rights for the historic tremors of the Arab Spring, this intelligent and well-informed study makes for stimulating reading.... Chase has produced a thought-provoking and eminently readable account."—Ann Elizabeth Mayer, International Journal of Middle East Studies

"This synthesis of provocative arguments and theoretical insights could not have come out at a better time. Chase’s book provides a comprehensive account of the converging circumstances that have brought us to a moment in which popular aspirations for rights are emerging at the fore of political contests in the Muslim world."—Shadi Mokhtari, American University

"Timely and persuasive.... There has never been a more urgent need for a book like this. Chase adeptly confronts simple stereotypes about Islam and the Muslim world."—Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside

"An exemplary and pathbreaking book.... Solidly researched and lucidly written."—Mahmood Monshipouri, San Francisco State University


Do human rights inform the nature of politics in the Muslim world today? If so, how? And perhaps more fundamentally, why? Linking these questions in a provocative way, Anthony Tirado Chase persuasively rejects popular arguments that there is an incompatibility between human rights and Islam.

Chase uses a range of local developments as his point of departure, in the process stressing the importance of focusing on the diverse Muslim world rather than on one of its parts. He carefully supports his assertions with examples from contentious "on the ground" debates. Adopting a comprehensive view of human rights, he offers a fresh take on the debates over democracy, free expression, and social rights in Muslim-majority states, as well as on the role of movements within those states in shaping what constitutes global human rights.


Anthony Tirado Chase is associate professor of diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College. He is coeditor of Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices.


  • Human Rights and the Muslim World.
  • A Selective History.
  • The Transnational Context.
  • Human Rights: From Abstraction to Reality.
  • An Antifoundational Understanding of Human Rights.
  • Political Rights:  Democracy and Free Expression
  • Social Rights: Sexual Orientation.
  • Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World.
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