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Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction

Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction

by John Witte
     
 

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The relationship between religion and human rights is both complex and inextricable. While most of the world's religions have supported violence, repression, and prejudice, each has also played a crucial role in the modern struggle for universal human rights. Most importantly, religions provide the essential sources and scales of dignity and responsibility, shame and

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The relationship between religion and human rights is both complex and inextricable. While most of the world's religions have supported violence, repression, and prejudice, each has also played a crucial role in the modern struggle for universal human rights. Most importantly, religions provide the essential sources and scales of dignity and responsibility, shame and respect, restraint and regret, restitution and reconciliation that a human rights regime needs to survive and flourish in any culture. With contributions by a score of leading experts, Religion and Human Rights provides authoritative and accessible assessments of the contributions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Indigenous religions to the development of the ideas and institutions of human rights. It also probes the major human rights issues that confront religious individuals and communities around the world today, and the main challenges that the world's religions will pose to the human rights regime in the future.

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"This splendid volume is a treasure house of insight and up-to-date information on religion and human rights. The accessibility of the essays, the eminence of the diverse authors, and the vision of the editors will make this an indispensable handbook for every scholar, advocate, and policy-maker in the field."
—Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University

"An important contribution to the study of twenty-first century challenges in the field...an excellent handbook and comprehensive survey of the subject."—Catholic Library World

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ISBN-13:
9780199913343
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2011
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John Witte, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, is a world authority on legal history, marriage law, religious liberty, and human rights. He has published 25 books, 15 journal symposia, and 200 articles, and lectured throughout the world. His writings have appeared in ten languages, and he has won dozens of awards for teaching and research. M. Christian Green is a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. She has taught at Emory, Harvard, and DePaul. Her specialties include law and religion, feminism and the family, human rights, comparative religious ethics, and religion and international affairs.

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