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

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

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by Salma K. Jayyusi
     
 

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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850437079
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
12/09/2008
Series:
Library of Modern Middle East Studies Series, #44
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.30(d)

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