Mauro Saccol holds a PhD in Democracy and Human Rights at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Genoa, Italy. His project focused on the human rights situation during the Mubarak presidency in Egypt, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood theory on human rights and its activities in this field. Moreover, he holds an MA in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa from the Department of Oriental Studies, University of Bologna, and a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Bologna. He carried out research at the University of Jordan, Amman, during the Fall semester 2014-2015 (Hermes-Mundus scholarship.) Moreover, he carried out fieldwork in Egypt in April-May 2014 while volunteering for AIESEC Cairo University on two projects focused on children’s rights. He is also a Board Member of FIMAM’s (Foro de Investigación sobre el Mundo Árabe-Musulman), a Spanish association of researchers and scholars on the Arab-Islamic world. He has worked as an Italian language teacher for Arabic-speaking students and a cultural linguistic mediator with asylum-seekers in Italy. His main research interests are democracy and human rights in Middle East, human rights in Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and in Europe, Islamic fundamentalism, Arabic literature, terrorism, migrants and refugees.
“The issue of human rights and freedoms in Egypt should not be approached from a ‘Western perspective’ due to differences