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Baderin, Mashood A. (2005) International Human Rights and Islamic Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

This book explores whether or not international human rights and Islamic law are compatible. It asks whether Muslim States can comply with international human rights law whilst adhering to Islamic law. The traditional arguments on this subject are examined and responded to from both international human rights and Islamic legal perspectives. The volume engages international human rights law in theoretical dialogue with Islamic law, facilitating an evaluation of the human rights policy of modern Muslim States. It formulates a synthesis between these two extremes, and argues that although there are differences of scope and application, there is no fundamental incompatibility between these two bodies of law. The author argues that their differences could be better addressed if the concept of human rights were positively established from within the themes of Islamic law, rather than by imposing it upon Islamic law as an alien concept. Each article of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as relevant articles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, are analysed in the light of Islamic law. The book concludes that it is possible to harmonise the differences between international human rights law and Islamic law through the adoption of the ‘margin of appreciation’ doctrine by international human rights treaty bodies and the utilization of the Islamic law doctrines of ‘maqâsid al-sharî'ah’ (the overall objective of Sharî'ah) and ‘maslahah’ (welfare) by Muslim States in their interpretation and application of Islamic law, respectively.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
School Research Centres > Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law
School Research Centres > Centre for Human Rights Law
ISBN: 9780199285402
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285402.001.0001
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2008 11:42
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4299

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