Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights

Paperback | May 1, 2011

EditorThomas Banchoff, Robert Wuthnow

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Are human rights universal or the product of specific cultures? Is democracy a necessary condition for the achievement of human rights in practice? And when, if ever, is it legitimate for external actors to impose their understandings of human rights upon particular countries? In thecontemporary context of globalization, these questions have a salient religious dimension. Religion intersects with global human rights agendas in multiple ways, including: whether 'universal' human rights are in fact an imposition of Christian understandings; whether democracy, the 'rule of thepeople,' is compatible with God's law; and whether international efforts to enforce human rights including religious freedom amount to an illicit imperialism. This book brings together leading specialists across disciplines for the first major survey of the religious politics of human rights across the world's major regions, political systems, and faith traditions. The authors take a bottom-up approach and focus particularly on hot-button issues likehuman rights in Islam, Falun Gong in China, and religion in the former Soviet Union. Each essay examines the interaction of human rights and religion in practice and the challenges they pose for national and international policymakers.

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Are human rights universal or the product of specific cultures? Is democracy a necessary condition for the achievement of human rights in practice? And when, if ever, is it legitimate for external actors to impose their understandings of human rights upon particular countries? In thecontemporary context of globalization, these question...

Thomas Banchoff is Director at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. Robert Wuthnow is Andlinger Professor of Sociology and Director at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Thomas Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow: Introduction2. Thomas Banchoff: The International Human Rights RegimePart I: Islam and the Global Politics of Human Rights3. Robert W. Hefner: Human Rights and Democracy in Islam: The Indonesian Case in Global Perspective4. Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad: Muslims, Human Rights and Women's Rights5. Alfred Stepan: Rituals of Respect: Sufis and Secularists in SenegalPart II: Three Regions: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia6. Paul Freston: Religious Pluralism, Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America7. Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf: Gender Justice and Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa8. Charles Keyes: Buddhism, Human Rights, and Non-Buddhist MinoritiesPart III: Four Key Countries: India, China, Russia and the US9. Pratap Bhanu Mehta: Hinduism and the Politics of Rights in India10. David Ownby: Religion, State Power, and Human Rights in China11. Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer: Religious Communities and Rights in the Russian Federation12. Thomas Banchoff: Human Rights, the Catholic Church, and the Death Penalty in the United States