Much has been written of about the issue religious freedom and church-state relations. This book, however, takes up another side of the question: what has been the impact of religion on human rights, and in particular on women's human rights and development? Representatives from various religious traditions address questions such as: the theological venus the secular validation of human rights; reconciling Islamic feminism with the religion of Islam; harmonizing confessional with liberationist directions within the Catholic Church; establishing inter-religious dialogue amidst the clamor of politicized Hindu-Moslem communal hostility; a human-centered vs a nature-centered environmentalism. Contributors explore different of these questions in a provocative and compelling debate.
Countering the mainstream debate between religious freedom and the imposition of secular notions of human rights, contributors from various religious traditions explore the impact of religion itself on human rights. Among the topics they take up are environmental rights, the rights of women in India and Iran and within Orthodox Judaism, the global imposition of criminal justice, and the pressure in Latin American to democratize the Catholic Church. Six of the seven essays are followed by lengthy responses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.