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Human Rights

Abdulkader Tayob

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195390155-0036
Human Rights

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The study of Islam and human rights looks at the relationship between a specific culture and way of life on the one hand and a set of universal values and legal instruments on the other. Agreements and charters on various aspects of human rights were presented and adopted by the United Nations, which was established soon after World War II. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 was followed by other agreements and instruments on economic and social rights; on the rights of children, migrant workers and their families, and other vulnerable groups and individuals; and against racial and gender discrimination. In the discussion on Islam and human rights, Islam was represented by states and in public debate. At the formal level of the United Nations, Islam was represented by specific Muslim states and their legal and religious institutions. Since 1948 and particularly after the 1970s, the relationship between Islam and human rights has increasingly been debated by religious scholars, secular intellectuals, activists, and ordinary Muslims.

Article.  7722 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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