The Rights of God: Islam, Human Rights, and Comparative Ethics

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INTRODUCTION

1. Thomas Pogge, “How Should Human Rights Be Conceived?” in The Phi- losophy of Human Rights, ed. Patrick Hayden (St. Paul, MN: Paragon, 2001), 190-92.

2. John Rawls, Political Liberalism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996), 174-76, 242-43.

3. Michael Ignatieff, Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001), 81-90.

4. I use the terms “Western” and “non-Western” cautiously because they set up a duality that disguises the overlapping histories and cultures of Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Also, the terms them- selves presuppose that Western is the standard and that Islam represents the absence of that standard. Because the terms are so readily accessible to read- ers, however, I continue to use the term “Western” to identify North Amer- ican and continental European thought.

5. Roxanne Euben, Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism: A Work of Comparative Political Theory (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999), 13.

6. Charles Taylor, Philosophy and the Human Sciences (New York: Cam- bridge University Press, 1985), 116-17.

7. Taylor, Philosophy and the Human Sciences, 116-33.

8. David Little and Sumner B. Twiss, Comparative Religious Ethics (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1978).

9. Lee Yearley, Mencius and Aquinas: Theories of Virtue and Conceptions of Courage (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990), 1, 3.

10. Sumner B. Twiss and Bruce Grelle, eds., Explorations in Global Ethics: Comparative Religious Ethics and Interreligious Dialogue (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000), 3.

11. Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures (New York: Basic Books, 1973), 6-16.

12. See, for example, Paul Berman, “The Philosopher of Islamic Terror,” New York Times Magazine, March 23, 2003.

13. Abdullahi An-Na’im, Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights, and International Law (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1990); Abdullahi An-Na’im, ed., Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Quest for Consensus (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Conversations about Human Rights and Islam 12
  • 2 - Maududi, Qutb, and Soroush: Humanity and History 36
  • 3 - Envisioning Islamic Democracies 55
  • 4 - The Free Conscience [No Compulsion in Religion] 74
  • 5 - Toleration … and Its Limits 93
  • Conclusion - Advancing Human Rights Dialogue 112
  • Notes 119
  • Glossary of Foreign Words and Phrases 142
  • Bibliography 144
  • Index 150
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