Rights, Religion and Reform: Enhancing Human Dignity through Spiritual and Moral Transformation

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Overview

Probing some of the major concerns of our time, this collection of essays attempts to develop human rights thinking beyond its liberal democratic roots through reflections on the concept of the human being embodied in religious philosophy. By linking rights to responsibilities, role and relationships as articulated in religious thought, Chandra Muzaffar constructs a holistic vision of human dignity which mainstream religions are unlikely to be comfortable with. For human rights intellectuals and religious thinkers, for young activists and established opinion makers, this book will be of immeasurable value.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700715978
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is one of Asia's leading public intellectuals, and has written widely on politics, human rights and religion. A former university don, he has been a social activist for 30 years and is President of the International Movement for a Just World.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 An integrated approach to human rights 3
2 Development and democracy in Asia 7
3 Transforming rights: five challenges for the Asia-Pacific 27
4 Judging Asia: assessing human rights conditionality 39
5 UN High Commissioner for human rights 51
6 Rethinking human rights: a philosophical debate 59
7 A spiritual vision of the human being 103
8 A worldview for environmental salvation 131
9 The Soviet Union and the denial of God 139
10 Religious conflict in Asia 147
11 Religiosity on the rampage; spirituality in slumber 169
12 Islam: justice and politics 173
13 Judiciary and justice 197
14 Islamic movements and social change 203
15 Islamisation of state and society 219
16 Reflections on the Shariah 229
17 Hudud: central to Islam? 233
18 Iqbal and the challenge of reform 239
19 The welfare state: the quest for an alternative 259
20 The economic crisis 275
21 Establishing a fully moral and ethical society 289
22 Civil society in Malaysia 311
23 Accommodation and acceptance of non-Muslim communities 319
24 Islam and Confucianism: ethnic relations in Malaysia 339
25 Conclusion: the remembrance of God 357
Index 359
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