Freedom of Religion and Expression: A ‘Rule of Law’ Perspective*

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

in Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641444
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741104 | DOI:
Freedom of Religion and Expression: A ‘Rule of Law’ Perspective*

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This chapter argues that there are no significant differences between the way the freedoms are to be applied under the Shari'a and under the international human rights law framework. Moreover, a closer study leads to the conclusion that at its most basic level, the controversy surrounding the freedom of religion under the Shari'a is one that has its roots not in religious doctrine but in the harnessing of Islam for political purpose. The Malaysian experience is used as an example.

Keywords: religious freedom; Islamic law; political purpose; Shari'a

Chapter.  4239 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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