Religious Legal Traditions, International Human Rights Law and Muslim States


This book offers an exploration of aspects of the subject, Islam and Human Rights, which is the focus of considerable scholarship in recent years predominantly from Western scholars. Thus it is interesting and important to have the field addressed from a non -Western perspective and by an Iranian scholar. The study draws on Persian language literature that addresses both theological and legal dimensions of the theme. The work is also distinctive in that it tackles three areas that have been largely ignored in the literature. It undertakes a comparative study of the laws of several Muslim States with respect to religious freedom, minorities and the rights of the child. The study offers an optimistic vision of the fundamental compatibility of Islam and international human rights standards.

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Kamran Hashemi, Ph.D. (2007) in law , National University of Ireland, Galway, is teaching human rights and international law in Iranian universities. He has published several articles in Persian and English on the law of the sea, international terrorism and human rights.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; a- Muslim Legal Traditions; b- Distinction between the Essence and the Subordinates of Islam and Their Relevance to Human Rights; c- Muslim States and Muslim Legal Traditions; PART A: Apostasy ( Irtidad): Chapter 1: Muslim Legal Traditions of Apostasy and Relevant Human Rights Law; Chapter 2: Current Application of Traditional Rules of Conversion and Proselytizing; Chapter 3: Current Application of Traditional Rules of Blasphemy ( Sabb); Chapter 4: Current Application of Traditional Rules of Heresy; PART B : Protection of Religious Minorities ( Dhimmah): Chapter 5: Muslim Legal Traditions of Dhimmah and Relevant Human Rights Law; Chapter 6: Current Application of Public Aspects of Dhimmah; Chapter 7: Current Application of Personal Aspects of Dhimmah; PART C: Rights of the Child: Chapter 8: Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by
Muslim States; a- Written Legislation and Legal Practise; b- Introducing ‘Shariah’ as a Reference to Islam; c- In Line with This Study; Selected Bibliography.