Muslims and Global Justice

9780812242867: Hardback
Release Date: 7th December 2010

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 384

Series Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Muslims and Global Justice

Encompassing more than two decades of An-Na'im's work on critical issues, Muslims and Global Justice offers a much-needed theoretical approach to the challenge of realizing global justice in a world of profound religious and cultural difference.

Hardback / £69.00

Over the course of his distinguished career, legal scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im has sought to reconcile his identity as a Muslim with his commitment to universal human rights. In Muslims and Global Justice, he advances the theme of global justice from an Islamic perspective, critically examining the role that Muslims must play in the development of a pragmatic, rights-based framework for justice.

An-Na'im opens this collection of essays with a chapter on Islamic ambivalence toward political violence, showing how Muslims began grappling with this problem long before the 9/11 attacks. Other essays highlight the need to improve the cultural legitimacy of human rights in the Muslim world. As An-Na'im argues, in order for a commitment to human rights to become truly universal, we must learn to accommodate a range of different reasons for belief in those rights. In addition, the author contends, building an effective human rights framework for global justice requires that we move toward a people-centered approach to rights. Such an approach would value foremost empowering local actors as a way of negotiating the paradox of a human rights system that relies on self-regulation by the state.

Encompassing over two decades of An-Na'im's work on these critical issues, Muslims and Global Justice provides a valuable theoretical approach to the challenge of realizing global justice in a world of profound religious and cultural difference.

Introduction: Reimagining Global Justice

Part I. The Challenge of Universality and Cultural/Religious Legitimacy
Chapter 1. Islamic Ambivalence to Political Violence: Islamic Law and International Terrorism
Chapter 2. Problems of Universal Cultural Legitimacy for Human Rights
Chapter 3. Toward a Cross-Cultural Approach to Defining International Standards of Human Rights: The Meaning of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Part II. Prospects of Mediation for the Paradox of Universality and State Self-Regulation
Chapter 4. State Responsibility Under International Human Rights Law to Change Religious and Customary Laws
Chapter 5. Islamic Foundations of Religious Human Rights
Chapter 6. Cultural Transformation and Normative Consensus on the Best Interest of the Child
Chapter 7. Toward an Islamic Hermeneutics for Human Rights

Part III. Regional and Global Perspectives
Chapter 8. Competing Claims to Religious Freedom and Communal Self-Determination in Africa
Chapter 9. Globalization and Jurisprudence: An Islamic Perspective
Chapter 10. The Politics of Religion and the Morality of Globalization
Chapter 11. Global Citizenship and Human Rights: From Muslims in Europe to European Muslims


Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. He is the author of African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam, and editor of Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves, both available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.