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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"In this fifth edition of what has become a classic book, Mayer provides an early look at the human rights implications of the Arab Spring, and by substantially expanding coverage of new movements (particularly among women) and the newly emerging issues of gender and sexual orientation, offers considerably more than a simple update. Islam and Human Rights belongs in the library of any scholar seriously interested in its important topics. Highly recommended."
Choice

"A unique contribution to the discourse and practice of human rights.”
Reza Afshari, Pace University

"A winning reference for any discussion on Islam and human rights issues.”
The Midwest Book Review 

Praise for Prior Editions: 

“Highly recommended to all scholars and students of human rights in the Muslim world…Particularly useful for its incisive deconstructions of government-sponsored ‘alternative’ human rights frameworks, and the political calculations at their heart.”
Anthony Chase, Occidental College 

"Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand and assess tensions between Islamic political thinking and the modern idea of human rights. For readers new to the question, a cogent new chapter o the politics of cultural relativism provides essential context and will quickly introduce them to surrounding controversy. Mayer doesn’t hesitate to explore the diversity of thinking within the Islamic tradition or flinch from questioning the motivations of governments that appeal to Islam to legitimate political repression…A brilliant work by a seasoned scholar.”
Susan Waltz, University of Michigan  

"A ‘must read’ for anyone interested in the interplay between religion, politics, and individual rights in our turbulent times…Articulate and well reasoned work…A unique contribution to the field of women’s human rights and especially valuable for students and activists working toward improving the status of women in Muslim majority societies."
Mahnaz Afkhami   

“A brave and intelligent book.”
Middle Eastern Studies  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813321318
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (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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