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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: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Elizabeth Mayer is Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania . She holds a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan, a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Certificate in Islamic and Comparative Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has conducted research in countries ranging from Morocco to Pakistan and has published extensively on Islamic law in the contemporary Middle East and on international human rights law, especially women’s international human rights.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Comparisons of Rights Across Cultures 1
2 Laws on Human Rights: Sources and Contexts 18
3 Islamic Tradition and Muslim Reactions to Human Rights 39
4 Islamic Restrictions on Human Rights 63
5 Discrimination Against Women and Non-Muslims 83
6 Restrictions on the Rights and Freedoms of Women 97
7 Islamic Human Rights Schemes and Non-Muslims 131
8 Freedom of Religion in Islamic Human Rights Schemes 149
9 An Assessment of Islamic Human Rights Schemes 175
App. A Excerpts from the Iranian Constitution 193
App. B The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam 203
Notes 209
Index 245
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