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Human Rights and Islam

An Introduction to Key Debates between Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law

Abdullah Saeed

Is there a basis for human rights in Islam? Beginning with an exploration of what rights are and how the human rights discourse developed, Abdullah Saeed explores the resources that exist within Islamic tradition. He looks at those that are compatible with international human rights law and can be garnered to promote and protect human rights in Muslim-majority states. A number of rights are given specific focus, including the rights of women and children, freedom of expression and religion, as well as jihad and the laws of war. Human Rights and Islam emphasises the need for Muslims to rethink problematic areas of Islamic thought that are difficult to reconcile with contemporary conceptions of human rights.
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Chapter 5: Islam and the state

Abdullah Saeed

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There are various models of government in the world today, but is one model preferable when it comes to the promotion of human rights? This chapter considers whether Islamic models of governance can be conducive for upholding human rights, the benefits of democracy as a system of governance for protecting human rights and whether Islamic norms for governance is compatible with democracy.

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