Islam and Human Rights: In the Name of Islam

Nowhere does the issue of human rights violations come up as frequently, in relation to religion, as in the case of Islam. This is partly because of its prominence in today’s political agenda, both with detractors and supporters, and the poor record of Islamic countries when it comes to respecting human rights. Those critical of Islam highlight its position on minorities, gender issues and physical punishments, as examples of its incompatibility with the promotion of human rights. However, the relationship between any religion and such rights can be problematic, since it involves negotiation between that which is secular and of human origin and that believed to be from divine or scriptural sources.

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