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Islam and human rights; key issues in the debates; 2v.


Islam and human rights; key issues in the debates; 2v.

Ed. by Abdullah Saeed.

Edward Elgar Publishing


1143 pages



Human rights law; 3


Editor Saeed (Arab and Islamic studies, U. of Melbourne, Australia) introduces the contentious complexities of the topic announced in the title, including the questions of whether it's possible to reconcile international human rights law and Islamic law, and whether traditional Islamic law can evolve in accordance with modern demands. This two-volume anthology presents his selection of 55 previously published articles and excerpts. The first volume subtitled Key Issues in the Debates groups articles according to the following themes: defensive and embracive approaches to international human rights; critiques of human rights from a Muslim perspective; the debate on human rights vs. human obligations; secularism; challenges to universalism, universality, and cultural relativism; and Islamic human rights schemes. The final section presents case studies in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The second volume, subtitled Contentious Rights and Case Studies, presents articles pertaining to women's rights (e.g. domestic violence, marriage and divorce, hudud offenses, veiling); the right to health; sexual and reproductive rights; freedom of expression; children's rights; the administration of justice; equality under the law; and torture and cruel and inhuman treatment. Sources include International Journal of Human Rights, Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, and Human Rights Review, among many others. There is no indexing.

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