Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Sarah Joseph and Adam McBeth
Chapter 17: Islam and the Realization of Human Rights in the Muslim World
* Mashood A Baderin 1 Islam and human rights in the Muslim world The discourse about the relationship between Islam and human rights in the Muslim world has been diverse and ongoing for some time.1 The discourse is not only theoretically relevant to the universalization of human rights generally, but also specifically relevant to the practical realization of human rights in the Muslim world. This is due to the evident role that Islam has generally * This is a revised and expanded version of a paper presented by the author at the Conference on ‘Reframing Islam: Politics into Law’ at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway held on 10–11 September 2005 and published previously as ‘Islam and the Realization of Human Rights in the Muslim World: A Reflection on Two Essential Approaches and Two Divergent Perspectives’ (2007) 4 Muslim World Journal of Human Rights Article 5. I thank Anthony Chase, Sarah Joseph and Adam McBeth for reading through the draft and for their kind comments. Responsibility for the views expressed herein is, however, mine alone. 1 There is a wide range of literature on this subject. See, for example, A A AnNa’im, Towards an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights and International Law (Syracuse University Press, New York, 1990); M Monshipouri, Islamism, Secularism and Human Rights in the Middle East (L Rienner Publishers, Boulder, 1998); M A Baderin, International Human Rights and Islamic Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003); A A Mayer, Islam and Human Rights:...
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