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Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights

Thomas Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow


Are human rights universal or the product of specific cultures? Is democracy a necessary condition for the achievement of human rights in practice? And when, if ever, is it legitimate for external actors to impose their understandings of human rights upon particular countries? In the contemporary context of globalization, these questions have a salient religious dimension. Religion intersects with global human rights agendas in multiple ways, including: whether “universal” human rights are in fact an imposition of Christian understandings; whether democracy, the “rule of the people,” is compat ... More

Keywords: human rights, democracy, religion, Christianity, Islam, Falun Gong

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195343397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Banchoff, editor
Georgetown University
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Robert Wuthnow, editor
Princeton University
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1 Introduction

Thomas Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow

Part I Islam and the Global Politics of Human Rights

Part II Three Regions: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia

Part III Four Key Countries: India, China, Russia, and the United States

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