Islam and Human Rights 3e / Edition 3

Islam and Human Rights 3e / Edition 3

by Ann Elizabeth Mayer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813335043

ISBN-13: 9780813335049

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Westview Press

Do Islam and Islamic law constitute real obstacles to human rights? In this revised and updated edition, the author offers critical assessments of recent Islamic human rights schemes that dilute or eliminate the human rights protections afforded by international law and compares these both with the Islamic legal heritage and with international human rights law.

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Do Islam and Islamic law constitute real obstacles to human rights? In this revised and updated edition, the author offers critical assessments of recent Islamic human rights schemes that dilute or eliminate the human rights protections afforded by international law and compares these both with the Islamic legal heritage and with international human rights law. Contesting stereotypes about a supposedly monolithic Islam inherently incompatible with human rights, Mayer dissects the political motives behind the selective use of elements of the Islamic tradition by conservative groups opposed to democracy and human rights. The third edition considers recent developments in human rights law and policy. For example, in Egypt, the notorious Abu Zaid case—where a scholar was declared an apostate and divorced against his will—marked a dramatic setback for human rights in the name of upholding Islamic law. However, some regimes are rethinking their previous attacks on the international human rights system—Iran being an example of a country that has recently been moving in the direction of combating the view that its Islamic ideology necessarily leads to human rights violations. In addition, the debates on whether Islam stands in the way of human rights continue in the UN, provoked in part by recent ”Islamic” reservations to human rights conventions. This edition considers these recent events and many others. Also new to the third edition: the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam and many excerpts from the Iranian constitution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813335049
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Comparisons of Rights Across Cultures1
2Laws on Human Rights: Sources and Contexts18
3Islamic Tradition and Muslim Reactions to Human Rights39
4Islamic Restrictions on Human Rights63
5Discrimination Against Women and Non-Muslims83
6Restrictions on the Rights and Freedoms of Women97
7Islamic Human Rights Schemes and Non-Muslims131
8Freedom of Religion in Islamic Human Rights Schemes149
9An Assessment of Islamic Human Rights Schemes175
App. AExcerpts from the Iranian Constitution193
App. BThe Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam203
Notes209
Index245

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