Arbitrating Identity: Courts and the Politics of Religious-Liberal Reconciliation in the Middle East

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Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies

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Eva Bellin is associate professor of political science at City University of New York, Hunter College. She is a comparativist with specialization in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research interests center on issues of democratization and authoritarian persistence, political and economic reform, civil society, religion and politics, and the politics of cultural change. Bellin is the author of Stalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, and the Paradox of State Sponsored Development (Cornell University Press, 2002). She is currently working on a second book, Arbitrating Identity: High Courts and the Politics of Cultural Reconciliation in Egypt, Israel, and Pakistan, of which her presentation at the Mershon Center is based. In addition to publishing numerous edited books, Bellin has published in a variety of venues including World Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Foreign Affairs, Middle East Policy. She has served on the editorial board of the journal Comparative Politics since 2005. Bellin has been named a Carnegie Scholar (2006-2008) by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, supporting her research on high courts in the Middle East and Islamic World. She was also named a Fellow (2006-2007) at the Princeton Institute for Regional and International Studies, Democracy and Development Program. Bellin has conducted field work in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, and Pakistan. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Harvard University.


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Islam, reconciliation, Middle East