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Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World$
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Will Kymlicka and Eva Pföstl

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675135.001.0001

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Minorities in the Arab World: Faults, Fault-lines, and Coexistence

Minorities in the Arab World: Faults, Fault-lines, and Coexistence

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Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World

Zaid Eyadat

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the contemporary situation minorities face in the Arab world, and the models or methods that are on offer for managing diversity. After mapping the landscape of minorities in the Arab world, the chapter discusses a range of approaches including traditional and modern Islamic thought, liberal multiculturalism, and consociationalism. While each has its limits, the chapter defends a model that combines the strengths of each, offering not only firm protection for minorities, but also their incorporation into the construction of an overlapping and cross-cutting national identity in the Arab states. Based on tolerance and recognition, this model seeks to deliver a viable process of accommodation and conflict management, something that will be sorely needed in order to facilitate a more democratic, pluralistic system in the Arab world.

Keywords:   minorities, Arab world, national identity, Islamic thought, multiculturalism, consociationalism, tolerance

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