The Concept of Citizenship in the Arab World

The Concept of Citizenship in the Arab World

  • 16 November 2011

This lecture aims to shed light on the issue of citizenship in the Arab world, including all its dimensions and implications. As the concept of citizenship originally emerged and evolved  in the context of Western civilization –  giving rise to democratic political systems based on this concept which continue to aspire to it – it makes sense to begin this lecture by investigating the origins and evolution of the concept of citizenship in Western thought; the nature and quality of the rights and duties associated with,or resulting from it; and the mechanisms used in the context of Western political systems to secure and protect those rights. The lecture will then explore the subject of citizenship in the Arab world by explaining and analyzing the following issues:

  • The concept of citizenship in the Arab world and Islamic civilization, and the scale of agreement or difference – whether in form or substance – with the concept of citizenship in Western thought and civilization.
  • The rights derived from this concept in Arab and Islamic thinking and civilization, in terms of political and civil rights, or economic and social rights.
  • The mechanisms protecting those rights in Arab political systems, and the extent of variation or discrepancy between the rights of citizenship in the Arab world reflected by the prevailing intellectual and political discourse, and the reality of life in Arab countries.
  • The positions of Arab governments vis-à-vis citizenship rights as stipulated in international charters and conventions issued by − or entered into within − the framework of the United Nations system, and the Arab states that have signed and ratified these charters and conventions; objections or reservations among Arab states regarding some of the provisions contained therein, as well as the nature, content and reasons for such objections or reservations; and whether Arab states have actually applied or respected all of the citizenship rights enshrined in the international conventions and treaties they have signed and ratified

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Wednesday 16 November 2011

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Wednesday 16 November 2011

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