The Socio-Cultural and Socio-Religious Origins of Human Rights

Enzo Pace

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Socio-Cultural and Socio-Religious Origins of Human Rights

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It is sometimes assumed that once enshrined in a Constitution, Bill of Rights, or United Nations Declaration, human rights will be protected. Ranging widely across different religious traditions and branches within those traditions – Hindu, Islamic, and Christian – this article examines in particular the lack of fit that can exist between state law that guarantees human rights and religious law or custom, examples being freedom of belief and worship and the right to choose one's partner. The importance of this field of research increases with the emergence on the back of globalisation of ever-more religiously diverse societies and new forms of religious pluralism.

Keywords: United Nations Declaration; state law; human rights; Bill of Rights; religious law; religious pluralism

Article.  7809 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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