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Over the course of his distinguished career, legal scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im has sought to reconcile his identity as a Muslim with his commitment to universal human rights. In Muslims and Global Justice, he advances the theme of global justice from an Islamic perspective, critically examining the role that Muslims must play in the development of a pragmatic, rights-based framework for justice.

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Overview

Over the course of his distinguished career, legal scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im has sought to reconcile his identity as a Muslim with his commitment to universal human rights. In Muslims and Global Justice, he advances the theme of global justice from an Islamic perspective, critically examining the role that Muslims must play in the development of a pragmatic, rights-based framework for justice.

An-Na'im opens this collection of essays with a chapter on Islamic ambivalence toward political violence, showing how Muslims began grappling with this problem long before the 9/11 attacks. Other essays highlight the need to improve the cultural legitimacy of human rights in the Muslim world. As An-Na'im argues, in order for a commitment to human rights to become truly universal, we must learn to accommodate a range of different reasons for belief in those rights. In addition, the author contends, building an effective human rights framework for global justice requires that we move toward a people-centered approach to rights. Such an approach would value foremost empowering local actors as a way of negotiating the paradox of a human rights system that relies on self-regulation by the state.

Encompassing over two decades of An-Na'im's work on these critical issues, Muslims and Global Justice provides a valuable theoretical approach to the challenge of realizing global justice in a world of profound religious and cultural difference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812242867
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. He is the author of African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam, and editor of Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves, both available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Reimagining Global Justice 1

Part I The Challenge of Universality and Cultural/Religious Legitimacy 33

Chapter 1 Islamic Ambivalence to Political Violence: Islamic Law and International Terrorism 35

Chapter 2 Problems of Universal Cultural Legitimacy for Human Rights 65

Chapter 3 Toward a Cross-Cultural Approach to Defining International Standards of Human Rights: The Meaning of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 97

Part II Prospects of Mediation for the Paradox of Universality and State Self-Regulation 119

Chapter 4 State Responsibility Under International Human Rights Law to Change Religious and Customary Laws 121

Chapter 5 Islamic Foundations of Religious Human Rights 140

Chapter 6 Cultural Transformation and Normative Consensus on the Best Interest of the Child 161

Chapter 7 Toward an Islamic Hermeneutics for Human Rights 182

Part III Regional and Global Perspectives 197

Chapter 8 Competing Claims to Religious Freedom and Communal Self-Determination in Africa 199

Chapter 9 Globalization and Jurisprudence: An Islamic Perspective 223

Chapter 10 The Politics of Religion and the Morality of Globalization 247

Chapter 11 Global Citizenship and Human Rights: From Muslims in Europe to European Muslims 272

Notes 315

Bibliography 345

Index 369

Acknowledgments 375

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