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Humanitarian intervention, colonialism, Islam, and democracy, an analysis through the human-nonhuman distinction, Gustavo Gozzi ; translated by Filippo Valente

"This book offers a critical analysis of the European colonial heritage in the Arab countries and highlights the way its legacy is still with us today, informing the current state of relations between Europe and the formerly colonized states. The work analyses the fraught relationship between the Western powers and the Arab countries that have been subject to their colonial rule. It does so by looking at this relationship from two vantage points. On the one hand is that of humanitarian intervention-a paradigm under which colonial rule coexisted alongside "humanitarian" policies pursued on the dual assumption that the colonized were "barbarous" peoples who wanted to be civilized and that the West could lay a claim of superiority over an inferior humanity. On the other hand is the Arab view, from which the humanitarian paradigm does not hold up, and which accordingly offers its own insights into the processes through which the Arab countries have sought to wrest themselves from colonial rule. In unpacking this analysis the book traces a history of international and colonial law, to this end also using the tools offered by the history of political thought"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
The origins of humanitarian intervention -- Civilization and power : developing the colonial paradigm -- Deconstructing the concepts of humanity and human nature -- The responsibility to protect, humanitarian intervention, and neocolonial policies -- Anticolonial nationalism and Arab nationalism -- The system of Arab states and the persistence of traditional social structures -- Colonial law and the formation of the nation-state -- Democracy in Islam and Western democracy : convergences and divergences -- Tunisia and Egypt : two constitutional models -- The Arab springs : an analysis of its roots and causes -- Democratization and development in the Arab countries of the Mediterranean area
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 249 pages)
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