Abdullahi An-Na’im’s Philosophy on Islam and Human Rights
ISLAM AND HUMAN RIGHTS: SELECTED ESSAYS OF ABDULLAHI AN-NA'IM, Mashood A. Baderin, ed., Ashgate Publishing, 2010
28 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2010
Date Written: 2010
The relationship between Islam and human rights forms an important aspect of contemporary international human rights discourse. Current international events and the increasing public role of Islam in modern Muslim states have made the subject more relevant than ever. Many international human rights courses around the world now cover issues relating to Islam and human rights. Some universities and academic centres have specific postgraduate courses or modules on the subject. The importance of the subject as a specific theme in general human rights discourse is portrayed by the volume of literature currently available on its different aspects. Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im is one of the leading scholars and contributors on the subject. In fact, he remains one of the most cited authorities in the subject area. His contributions on the subject span more than three decades during which he has engaged with almost every topical issue on the subject. He has been described as one of the non-Western jurists from “the South” “who have made substantial contributions to the theory and practice of human rights” generally. It is therefore a great honour to be commissioned to compile and write an introduction to a selection of his scholarly essays on the subject. This single volume brings together, coherently, his thoughts as developed on the subject over the years. It will provide easy access and convenience to students, academics, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and all those interested in this important subject area.
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