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Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays Speeches and Documents from the Bible to the Present
     

Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays Speeches and Documents from the Bible to the Present

by Micheline R. Ishay
 

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This book presents the most comprehensive collection of essays, speeches, and documents, from historical and contemporary sources, available on the subject of human rights.

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This book presents the most comprehensive collection of essays, speeches, and documents, from historical and contemporary sources, available on the subject of human rights.

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Library Journal
Ishay (Graduate Sch. of International Studies and director of the human rights program, Univ. of Denver) takes a historical approach to human-rights literature in this book. Her introduction summarizes each writing and its significance, with no critical analysis or comparison of any of the selections. To ground the reader in the religious/philosophical origins of human rights thinking, she chooses writings from Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam as well as classical philosophers. She then selects significant political writers such as Rousseau, Paine, Marx, and Gandhi, as well as lesser-known authors' works on women's, gay, and minority rights to illustrate the development of human rights consciousness during important historical periods. A selection of contemporary international documents such as the Helsinki Agreement and the Beijing Declaration conclude the collection. Although the work is relatively comprehensive, its appropriateness for library collections should be questioned, since both academic and public libraries would have many of the original works.Jill W. Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Lib.
Booknews
Classical and modern readings trace the evolution of the rights debate<-->beginning with passages from both the Old and New Testament, the Koran, and early Buddhist writings. Ishay (U. of Denver) includes selections that address contemporary issues such as women's rights, the rights of gays and lesbians, and the question of humanitarian intervention. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415918480
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Micheline Ishay is Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at University of Denver, where she is Director of the human rights program. She has been a Visiting Professor at The University of Tel Aviv, the University of Maryland, and as Lady Davis Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and speaks regularly on a variety of human rights and foreign policy issues. Ishay is the author or editor of The History of Human Rights (2004), The Nationalism Reader (1999), and Internationalism and Its Betrayal (1995).

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