Citizenship, Class, and Inequality in the Middle East

Citizenship, Class, and Inequality in the Middle East

Much of the existing literature on the region, when it comes to citizenship, has been fixed on the limitation of rights afforded to citizens in authoritarian states, and on the inherent imbalance between citizens’ access to rights versus the power of autocratic regimes that govern them. There has been less of a focus on the linkages between citizenship, class, and persistent inequality in the Middle East. In line with this, Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) launched a new research project to examine some of the central questions around issues of citizenship, identity, nationalism, class, marginalization, and inequality. Through this project, CIRS hoped to broaden and deepen academic understanding of the conception of citizenship within the context of the Middle East.

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Background and Scope of the Project

Citizenship is a central feature of the modern nation-state. Neither scholars nor policymakers can provide us with a unified and agreed upon idea of what citizenship means in all places,…
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Publication

To cite this publication: Zahra Babar, guest ed., “Citizenship,” CIRS Special Issue of The Middle East Journal 73, no. 4 (Winter 2019). Citizenship is a central feature of the modern…
Working Group Meetings

Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about the Citizenship, Class, and Inequality in the Middle East Working Group As part of its Research and Scholarship initiatives, CIRS organizes several ongoing Working Groups that…