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Muslim discourse on international human rights: the problem of harmonization

Haneef, Sayed Sikandar Shah (2013) Muslim discourse on international human rights: the problem of harmonization. In: National Conference on Human Rights in Islam: Issues and Challenges (CHRI2013), 12 - 13 November 2013, International Islamic University Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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The concept of human rights as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights undisputedly is a western construct. But since Muslim states at the official plane have committed themselves to its tenets by being signatory to it as members of the United Nations, their afterthought has triggered a debate among the academia about its harmonization with the Islamic notion of human rights. Some reject it in its entirety, others advocate its adoption even at the expense of some Islamic core values and yet another body of opinion sees it in total conformity with Islam. This paper argues that all the above perspectives in spite of their merits miss one important point, namely addressing the issue in the context of Muslim- nation- states interacting with the comity of nations with their own specific value systems. Accordingly, the harmonization in line with the legitimate Islamic methodology is the real alternative which this presentation endeavors to articulate.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3049/34379
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Rights, Islam, Harmonization
Subjects: K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh
K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh > KBP470 Law reform. Criticism. Tanzim
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh
Depositing User: Prof. Sayed Sikandar Shah Haneef
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 13:10
Last Modified: 25 May 2014 05:25
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/34379

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