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Over the course of his distinguished career, legal scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im has sought to reconcile his identity as a Muslim with his commitment to universal human rights. In Muslims and Global Justice, he advances the theme of global justice from an Islamic perspective, critically examining the role that Muslims must play in the development of a pragmatic, rights-based framework for justice.

An-Na'im opens this collection of essays with a chapter on Islamic ambivalence toward political violence, showing how Muslims began grappling with this problem long before the 9/11 attacks. Other essays highlight the need to improve the cultural legitimacy of human rights in the Muslim world. As An-Na'im argues, in order for a commitment to human rights to become truly universal, we must learn to accommodate a range of different reasons for belief in those rights. In addition, the author contends, building an effective human rights framework for global justice requires that we move toward a people-centered approach to rights. Such an approach would value foremost empowering local actors as a way of negotiating the paradox of a human rights system that relies on self-regulation by the state.

Encompassing over two decades of An-Na'im's work on these critical issues, Muslims and Global Justice provides a valuable theoretical approach to the challenge of realizing global justice in a world of profound religious and cultural difference.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Reimagining Global Justice
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. Part I. The Challenge of Universality and Cultural/Religious Legitimacy
  2. pp. 32-33
  1. Chapter 1. Islamic Ambivalence to Political Violence: Islamic Law and International Terrorism
  2. pp. 35-64
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  1. Chapter 2. Problems of Universal Cultural Legitimacy for Human Rights
  2. pp. 65-96
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  1. Part II. Prospects of Mediation for the Paradox of Universality and State Self-Regulation
  2. pp. 118-119
  1. Chapter 4. State Responsibility Under International Human Rights Law to Change Religious and Customary Laws
  2. pp. 121-139
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  1. Chapter 5. Islamic Foundations of Religious Human Rights
  2. pp. 140-160
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  1. Chapter 6. Cultural Transformation and Normative Consensus on the Best Interest of the Child
  2. pp. 161-181
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  1. Chapter 7. Toward an Islamic Hermeneutics for Human Rights
  2. pp. 182-196
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  1. Part III. Regional and Global Perspectives
  2. pp. 196-197
  1. Chapter 8. Competing Claims to Religious Freedom and Communal Self-Determination in Africa
  2. pp. 199-222
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  1. Chapter 9. Globalization and Jurisprudence: An Islamic Perspective
  2. pp. 223-246
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  1. Chapter 10. The Politics of Religion and the Morality of Globalization
  2. pp. 247-271
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  1. Chapter 11. Global Citizenship and Human Rights: From Muslims in Europe to European Muslims
  2. pp. 272-313
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 315-343
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-367
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 369-374
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 374-374
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812204339
Print ISBN
9780812242867
MARC Record
OCLC
794925513
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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