Revisiting the Discourse on Islam and Human Rights
Kardan Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1:1 (2018), 93-99
7 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2018
Date Written: June 1, 2018
Islamic law from day one has been addressing the Individual and no corporate veil ever shielded individuals from its address. Western international law has gone a long way toward addressing individuals directly and it had to pierce the corporate veil of the state. International human rights law and international criminal law are, therefore, acceptable to Islamic law - at least at the conceptual level. Direct address to the individual - imposing on him obligations and recognizing for him rights - can, thus, become the foremost common idea between the two systems and it can become a solid foundation for a meaningful dialogue. If such a dialogue ever takes place, it will not bear fruit unless two realities are recognized: that the values of the two systems are different; and that the priority order of the various values in the two systems is also different.
Keywords: Islamic law, human rights, values
JEL Classification: K33
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