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The following the articles regarding the issue of human rights and Islam from the scholars, activists and experts. Click the title and will authomatically you download it.

Articles by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim 

“Why should Muslims abandon Jihad? Human rights and the future of international law”, in Third World Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp 785 – 797, 2006.

“The Interdependence of Religion, Secularism, and Human Rights”, Symposium Talking Peace with Gods, Part 2,Common Knowledge, vol. 11, no. 1, 2005, pp. 56-80

‘The Best of Times’ and ‘the Worst of Times’: Human Agency and Human Rights in Islamic Societies,”Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, vol. 1, issue 1, 2004, article 5.

“Introduction: “Area Expressions” and the Universality of Human Rights: Mediating a Contingent Relationship”, in David P. Forsythe and Patrice C. MacMahon, editorsHuman Rights and Diversity: Area Studies Revisited, University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln, 2003, pp. 1-21.

“Introduction: Expanding Legal Protection of Human Rights in African Contexts,”in Abdullahi A. An-Na’im, editor,Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves, Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003, pp. 1-28.

“Shari’a and Islamic Family Law: Transition and Transformation,”, in Abdullahi A. An-Na’im, editor,Islamic Family Law in a Changing World, London: Zed Books, 2002, pp. 1-22.

“Human Rights,”in Judith R. Blau, editor,The Blackwell Companion to Sociology.Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, Inc. (2001), pp. 86-99.

“Human Rights in the Arab World: A Regional Perspective,”Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 23:3, 2001, pp. 701-732

“The Legal Protection of Human Rights in Africa: How to Do more with Less,”in Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns, editors,Human Rights: Concepts, Contests, Contingencies. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Michigan University Press (2001) pp. 89-115.

“Synergy and Interdependence of Religion, Human Rights and Secularism”. Polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophizing, 2001

“Human Rights and Islamic Identity in France and Uzbekistan: Mediation of the Local and Global.”Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 22:4, 2000, pp. 906-941. Also published in 1999 as Occasional Paper, Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, Emory University.

“Human Rights, Religion, and the Contingency of Universalist Projects.”Occasional Paper, no. 2. PARC, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, September 2000, pp. ix-xiv, 1-32.

“Islam and Human Rights: Beyond the Universality Debate,”Proceedings of the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (2000)pp. 95-101.

“Competing Claims to Religious Freedom and Communal Self-Determination in Africa,”Proselytization and Communal Self-Determination in Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1999

“The Cultural Mediation of Human Rights Implementation: Al-Arqam Case in Malaysia.”In Joanne Bauer and Daniel Bell, editors,Human Rights in East Asia. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 147-168.

“The position of Islamic States Regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,”In Peter Baehr, Cees Flinterman and Mignon Senders, editors,Innovation and Inspiration: Fifty Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1999, pp. 177-192.

“Universality of Human Rights: An Islamic Perspective.”In Nisuke Ando, editor,Japan and International Law: Past, Present and Future. The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 1999, pp. 311-325.

“Human Rights and the Challenge of Relevance: The Case of Collective Rights.”In Monique Castermans-Holleman, Fried van Hoof & Jacqueline Smith, editors,The Role of the Nation-State in the 21st Century: Human Rights, International Organizations and Foreign Policy, Essays in Honour of Peter Baehr. The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 1998, pp. 3-16.

“The Contingent Universality of Human Rights: The Case of Freedom of Expression in African and Islamic Contexts,”Emory International Law Review, vol. 10:3, 1997, pp. 29-66.

“Islamic Foundations of Religious Human Rights,”in John Witte, Jr., and Johan D. van der Vyver, editors,Religious Human Rights in Global Perspectives: Religious Perspectives.The Hague, Boston, London: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1996, pp. 337-359.

“Toward an Islamic Hermeneutics for Human Rights,”in Abdullahi A. An-Na’im et al., editors,Human Rights and Religious Values. Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 229-242.

“Civil Rights in the Islamic Constitutional Traditions: Shared Ideals and Divergent Regimes,”The John Marshall Law Review, vol. 25:2 (1992), pp. 267-93.

“Human Rights in the Muslim World: Socio-Political Conditions and Scriptural Imperatives,”Harvard Human Rights Journal, vol. 3, 1990, pp. 13-52.

“Problems of Universal Cultural Legitimacy for Human Rights,”in Abdullahi An-Na’im and F. M. Deng, editors,Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Washington, D.C., USA: The Brookings Institution, 1990, pp. 331-67.

“Religious Minorities under Islamic Law and the Limits of Cultural Relativism,”Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 9:1, 1987, pp. 1-18.



Islam and the Realization of Human Rights in the Muslim World: A Reflection on Two Essential Approaches and Two Divergent Perspectives by Mashood Baderin

It’s Time to Revise The Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam by Turan Kayaoğlu

The Cairo Declaration and the Universality of Human Rights by International Humanist and Ethical Union

Universal Human Rights and “Human Rights in Islam” By David Littman

Human Rights and Human Wrongs  By David Littman



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