Book Islam and human rights : tradition and politics / Ann Elizabeth Mayer.
Publication year: c2013.
Call Number BP173.44 .M39 2013
Media class: Book
Edition: 5th ed.
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press
ISBN: 9780813344676 0813344670
Extent: xv, 299 p. : 23 cm.
Islam and Human Rights is a probing examination of how the Islamic tradition has been exploited for political ends by regimes and institutions seeking to legitimize policies inimical to human rights. Ann Elizabeth Mayer critically appraises Islamic human rights schemes that dilute the human rights afforded by international law, comparing them with the complex Islamic legal heritage and international human rights law. Challenging stereotypes about a supposedly monolithic Islam inherently incompatible with human rights, Mayer dissects the political motives behind the selective deployment of elements of the Islamic tradition by conservative forces seeking to delegitimize demands for democracy and human rights. The fifth edition provides an updated consideration of government policies on Islam and human rights activism and how they are affecting developments in several Middle Eastern countries, and features a new chapter on the resistance of human rights for sexual minorities by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Muslim states. The new edition also analyzes the other most recent and important issues of the region, including: burgeoning pressures in the Middle East for human rights leading up to the Arab Spring ; ambitious campaign of the (OIC) to influence the UN human rights system by forging alliances with non-Muslim states hostile to human rights ; concerted efforts by this cross-cultural alliance to subvert international human rights law under pretenses of supporting human rights ; intensifying controversies over issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Middle East ; Danish Cartoons controversy and the OIC project to co-opt international human rights law to criminalize "defamation of Islam" occurring in the West.
1. Assimilating human rights in the Middle East -- 2. Human rights in international and Middle Eastern systems : 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 of women -- 7. Islamic human rights schemes and religious minorities -- 8. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Muslim states resist human rights for sexual minorities -- 9. Freedom of religion in Islamic human rights schemes -- 10. An assessment of Islamic human rights schemes -- Appendix A: Excerpts from the Iranian constitution -- Appendix B: The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam -- Appendix C: 2009 resolution on combating defamation of religions.