International Human Rights And Islamic Law

Paperback | June 9, 2005

byMashood A. Baderin

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This volume examines the important question of whether or not international human rights and Islamic law are compatible. It asks whether Muslim States can comply with international human rights law whilst adhering to Islamic law. The traditional arguments on this subject are examined andresponded to from both international human rights and Islamic legal perspectives. The volume engages international human rights law in theoretical dialogue with Islamic law, facilitating an evaluation of the human rights policy of modern Muslim States. International Human Rights and Islamic Law formulates a synthesis between these two extremes, and argues that although there are differences of scope and application, there is no fundamental incompatibility between these two bodies of law. Baderin argues that their differences could be betteraddressed if the concept of human rights were positively established from within the themes of Islamic law, rather than by imposing it upon Islamic law as an alien concept.Each article of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as relevant articles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are analysed in the light of Islamic law.The volume concludes that it is possible to harmonise the differences between international human rights law and Islamic law through the adoption of the 'margin of appreciation' doctrine by international human rights treaty bodies and the utilization of the Islamic law doctrines of 'maqasidal-shari'ah' (the overall objective of Shari'ah) and 'maslahah' (welfare) by Muslim States in their interpretation and application of Islamic law respectively. Baderin asserts that Islamic law can serve as an important vehicle for the guarantee and enforcement of international human rights law inthe Muslim world, and the volume concludes with recommendations to that effect.

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This volume examines the important question of whether or not international human rights and Islamic law are compatible. It asks whether Muslim States can comply with international human rights law whilst adhering to Islamic law. The traditional arguments on this subject are examined andresponded to from both international human rights...

Mashood A. Baderin is Professor of Law at Brunel University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:June 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199285403

ISBN - 13:9780199285402

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DedicationAcknowledgementsPrefaceContentsTable of CasesTable of Treaties and DeclarationsGlossary1. Introduction2. Human Rights and Islamic Law3. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the Light of Islamic Law4. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in the Light of Islamic Law5. ConclusionAnnexe: The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in IslamGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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`This is an ambitious book...the book boldly challenges the argument that the observance of international human rights law is impossible within an Islamic legal dispensation'Humanitares Volkerrecht Informationsschriften