Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction

Paperback | December 8, 2011

EditorJohn Witte, M. Christian Green

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The relationship between religion and human rights is both complex and inextricable. While most of the world's religions have supported violence, repression, and prejudice, each has also played a crucial role in the modern struggle for universal human rights. Most importantly, religionsprovide the essential sources and scales of dignity and responsibility, shame and respect, restraint and regret, restitution and reconciliation that a human rights regime needs to survive and flourish in any culture.This volume provides authoritative examinations of the contributions to human rights of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and indigenous religions. Each chapter grapples with the concept and origins of "human rights," and offers insight into the major human rightsissues that confront religious individuals and communities. These include core issues of freedom of religious conscience, choice, exercise, expression, association, morality, and self-determination. They also include analysis of the roles of religious ideas and institutions in the cultivation andabridgement of rights of women, children, and minorities, and rights to peace, orderly development, and protection of nature and the environment. With contributions by a score of leading experts, Religion and Human Rights provides authoritative and accessible assessments of the contributions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Indigenous religions to the development of the ideas and institutions of humanrights. It also probes the major human rights issues that confront religious individuals and communities around the world today, and the main challenges that the world's religions will pose to the human rights regime in the future.

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The relationship between religion and human rights is both complex and inextricable. While most of the world's religions have supported violence, repression, and prejudice, each has also played a crucial role in the modern struggle for universal human rights. Most importantly, religionsprovide the essential sources and scales of dignit...

John Witte, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, is a world authority on legal history, marriage law, religious liberty, and human rights. He has published 25 books, 15 journal symposia, and 200 articles, and lectured throughout the world. His writings have appeared in ten languages, and h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:December 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgementsContributorsJohn Witte, Jr. and M. Christian Green, Emory University: IntroductionPart I: Human Rights and Religious Traditions1. David Novak: A Jewish Theory of Human Rights2. Nicholas P. Wolterstorff: Christianity and Human Rights3. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im: Islam and Human Rights: Framing and Reframing the Discourse4. Werner Menski: Hinduism and Human Rights5. Joseph Chan: Confucianism and Human Rights6. Sallie B. King: Buddhism and Human Rights7. Ronald Niezen: Indigenous Religion and Human Rights8. David Little: Religion, Human Rights, and Public Reason: The Role and Limits of a Secular RationalePart II: Religion and Modern Human Rights Issues9. Steven D. Smith: The Phases and Functions of Freedom of Conscience10. Paul Taylor: Religion and Freedom of Choice11. Carolyn Evans: Religion and Freedom of Expression12. Nazila Ghanea: Religion, Equality, and Non-Discrimination13. Natan Lerner: Religion and Freedom of Association14. Johan D. van der Vyver: The Right to Self-Determination of Religious Communities15. T. Jeremy Gunn: Permissible Limitations on Religion16. Michael J. Perry: From Religious Freedom to Moral Freedom17. Madhavi Sunder: Keeping Faith: Reconciling Women's Human Rights and Religion18. Barbara Bennett Woodhouse: Religion and Children's Rights19. Ingvill Thorson Plesner: Religion and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights20. Willis Jenkins: Religion and Environmental Rights21. R. Scott Appleby: Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace22. W. Cole Durham, Jr.: Patterns of Religion State RelationsIndex