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Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
     

Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

by Abdullahi A. An-Na'im (Editor), Francis M Deng (Editor)
 

This powerful volume challenges the conventional view that the concept of human rights is peculiar to the West and, therefore, inherently alien to the non-Western traditions of third world countries.

This book demonstrates that there is a contextual legitimacy for the concept of human rights. Virginia A. Leary and Jack Donnelly discuss the Western cultural

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This powerful volume challenges the conventional view that the concept of human rights is peculiar to the West and, therefore, inherently alien to the non-Western traditions of third world countries.

This book demonstrates that there is a contextual legitimacy for the concept of human rights. Virginia A. Leary and Jack Donnelly discuss the Western cultural origins of international human rights; David Little, Bassam Tibi, and Ann Elizabeth Mayer explore Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights; Rhoda E. Howard, Claude E. Welch, Jr., and James C. N. Paul examine human rights in the context of the African nation-state; Kwasi Wiredu, James Silk, and Francis M. Deng offer African cultural perspectives; and Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im and Richard D. Schwartz discuss prospects for a cross-cultural approach to human rights.

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Based on two international conferences on human rights (sponsored, in part, by UNESCO): the first was held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, Sept. 1987; the second in Middleburg, the Netherlands, June 1988. The major objective of the conferences was to undertake a systematic analysis of the title topic in order to increase understanding of the issues in different cultural, religious, and socioeconomic contexts. The 21 contributions are not indexed, nor is a coherent bibliography provided. Fourteen contributions examine the issue of human rights from the perspectives of various culture traditions and international standards, challenging the view that the concept of human rights is peculiar to the West and, therefore, inherently alien to the non- Western traditions of third world countries. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815717966
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
06/28/1990
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im was associate professor of law at Khartoum University and is now visiting professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan.

Francis M. Deng is a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies prog

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