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Human Rights in Arab Thought: Ethical Universalism and the Arab Tradition

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While the notion of "human rights" is sometimes thought to be a product of the Western Enlightenment, human rights as a subject for philosophical enquiry and a basis for government in fact have a long and rich heritage within Arab thought. In this anthology, Salma K. Jayyusi brings together a list of distinguished scholars to reflect the range and depth of Arab thinking on this subject. Translated from the best-selling Arabic edition, this work offers English readers a fresh and original insight into the rich ...
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Overview


While the notion of "human rights" is sometimes thought to be a product of the Western Enlightenment, human rights as a subject for philosophical enquiry and a basis for government in fact have a long and rich heritage within Arab thought. In this anthology, Salma K. Jayyusi brings together a list of distinguished scholars to reflect the range and depth of Arab thinking on this subject. Translated from the best-selling Arabic edition, this work offers English readers a fresh and original insight into the rich literature of human rights. Leading Arab intellectuals have made contributions on topics ranging from civil and political rights to the rights of women. They write from a number of perspectives: Islamic, secular, generalist, regionalist, historical and political, bringing together ideas which will challenge and enlighten anyone interested in human rights and the modern Arab world.
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"One of the most distinguished contemporary anthologists here provides an invaluable resource for English-speaking students of Arab politics... [T]his collection should put an end to claims that Arab political thought lacks a rich history of debates over social and political rights, responsibilities, and freedoms. The 22 selections from scholars broaching the topic from a plurality of disciplines and approaches are adeptly translated, highly readable, and well organized into historical, contemporary, and applied sections." --CHOICE
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Meet the Author


Salma Khadra Jayyusi received her Ph.D. from the University of London (SOAS), and has published several books of her own writing, as well introducing numerous Arab writers to the English-speaking world for the first time. In 2005 she was awarded the Edward Said Award for Arab American literature. Her previous publications include Beyond the Dunes: An Anthology of Modern Saudi Literature (IB Tauris).
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Table of Contents


Introduction
• Part One: The Early Concept of Human Rights in Islam
• Part Two: The Concept of Human Rights in Modern Social and Political Arabic Thoought
• General Studies
• Regional Studies
• Part Three: Human Rights in Contemporary Arab-Islamic Throught
• Part Four: Human Rights in Modern Arabic Thought: Specialized Studies
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