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Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law

Anver M. Emon, Mark Ellis, and Benjamin Glahn


The relationship between Islamic law and international human rights law has been the subject of considerable, and heated, debate in recent years. The usual starting point has been to test one system by the standards of the other, asking is Islamic law ‘compatible’ with international human rights standards, or vice versa. This approach quickly ends in acrimony and accusations of misunderstanding. By overlaying one set of norms on another we overlook the deeply contextual nature of how legal rules operate in a society, and meaningful comparison and discussion is impossible. Chapters in this book ... More

Keywords: Islamic law, international human rights law, legal rules, Islam, freedom of speech, gender equality, minority rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anver M. Emon, editor
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Mark Ellis, editor
Executive Director, International Bar Association

Benjamin Glahn, editor
Former Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

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Editors’ Introduction

Anver M Emon, Mark S Ellis, and Benjamin Glahn

1 Narrating Law

Kathleen Cavanaugh

16 Commentary: Women and Islamic Law

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor


Robin W Lovin

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