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Author Mayer, Ann Elizabeth.

Title Islam and human rights : tradition and politics / Ann Elizabeth Mayer.

Published Boulder, Colo. ; Oxford : Westview, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  342.085091767 MAYE    DUE 12-08-19
Edition 3rd ed.
Physical description xix, 260 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes Previous ed.: London : Pinter, 1995.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Comparisons of Rights Across Cultures -- 2. Laws on Human Rights: Sources and Contexts -- 3. Islamic Tradition and Muslim Reactions to Human Rights -- 4. Islamic Restrictions on Human Rights -- 5. Discrimination Against Women and Non-Muslims -- 6. Restrictions on the Rights and Freedoms of Women -- 7. Islamic Human Rights Schemes and Non-Muslims -- 8. Freedom of Religion in Islamic Human Rights Schemes -- 9. An Assessment of Islamic Human Rights Schemes -- App. A. Excerpts from the Iranian Constitution -- App. B. The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam.
Summary Do Islam and Islamic law constitute real obstacles to human rights? In this revised and updated edition, the author offers critical assessments of recent Islamic human rights schemes that dilute or eliminate the human rights protections afforded by international law and compares these both with the Islamic legal heritage and with international human rights law. Contesting stereotypes about a supposedly monolithic Islam inherently incompatible with human rights, Mayer dissects the political motives behind the selective use of elements of the Islamic tradition by conservative groups opposed to democracy and human rights. The third edition considers recent developments in human rights law and policy.
Subject Human rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
ISBN 0813335647 (cased) : £42.50
0813335043 (pbk.) : 17.95