Islam and Human Rights: Advancing a U.S.-Muslim Dialogue

Front Cover
Shireen Hunter, Huma Malik
CSIS, 2005 - Political Science - 144 pages
0 Reviews
In the last few years, issues related to human rights, including encouraging the democratization of Muslim societies from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, have acquired great importance in shaping the character of U.S.-Muslim relations and U.S. policy toward Muslim countries. An important impetus behind this development were the tragic events of 9/11, which demonstrated the destructive potential of militant groups that use a distorted interpretation of Islam as justification for their actions. These events also led to a greater realization by the United States--and the West--that a lack of democracy and lack of respect for human rights have been contributory factors to the rise of militant Islam. Consequently, in its approach toward the Muslim world, the United States has emphasized the themes of human rights and democracy. Within the Islamic world, too, both secular and moderate Islamists have begun focusing on issues related to human rights. Although many conservative Muslims believe that Islam is incompatible with Western notions of democracy and human rights, reformist Muslim thinkers and activists maintain that a proper reading of Islamic injunctions and the ethical values underpinning those injunctions shows there is no such incompatibility. Complicating the debate is the fact that many Muslims--secular as well as conservative and reformist--doubt the seriousness of the U.S. commitment to the cause of human rights and democracy in the Muslim world, believing that the United States applies human rights' standards selectively to suit its strategic and economic interests. Irrespective of the validity of these charges, they are part of the context of the U.S.-Muslim dialogue on human rights. And it is this complex dialogue that this volume seeks to advance.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
EVOLVING CONCEPTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
8
A DISTINCTLY ISLAMIC VIEW OF HUMAN RIGHTS DOES IT EXIST AND IS IT COMPATIBLE WITH THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION O...
27
WOMENS RIGHTS IN ISLAM NORMATIVE TEACHINGS VERSUS PRACTICE
43
MINORITY RIGHTS IN ISLAM FROM DHIMMI TO CITIZEN
67
THE CAUSES OF MUSLIM COUNTRIES POOR RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS
100
HUMAN RIGHTS AND US FOREIGN POLICY RECONCILING IDEALS AND INTERESTS
110
CONCLUSIONS
122
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
127
INDEX
131
ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
143
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Shireen T. Hunter is director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC. She is the author of many books, including The Future of Islam and the West (Praeger/CSIS, 1998).