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Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi is a Politics PhD student at The New School for Social Research.  Her dissertation examines secularization and Muslim immigration in the US and Germany in the 21st century. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School for Public Engagement. Her Master’s thesis ‘Unveiled or Unemployed’ and her article ‘Just a piece of fabric? The visual politics of the veil’ were published by the Henrich Boell Foundation. Golesorkhi is the Amnesty International USA Saudi Arabia Country Specialist and is currently working on the release of members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association and on behalf of Raif Badawi in Amnesty’s Write For Rights Campaign.

Cases of Contention: Activism, Social Media and Law in Saudi Arabia

In a systematic examination of Saudi law, Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi explores how the Kingdom has justified its crackdown on activists and dissenters on social media. Golesorkhi investigates how these laws have been applied in the cases of nine different activists in the last four years. Mapping their trajectories alongside the language enshrined into Saudi law, this article offers valuable insight into why and how these actions have been taken by the Kingdom.

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