Muslim Voices in the Human Rights Debate


Bielefeldt, Heiner. 1995. “Muslim Voices in the Human Rights Debate.” Human Rights Quarterly 17 (4): 587–617.


Author: Heiner Bielefeldt


"The main purpose of this article is to display a plurality of Muslim positions in the area of human rights. Like other religions or cultures, Islam is a complex reality harboring various, and frequently conflicting, interpretations about its inherent normative demands. Such diverse interpretations also emerge in the field of human rights. As the title of this article suggests, there is not one binding Islamic position but rather a great variety of “Muslim voices” offering different views about whether and how the idea of human rights and Islamic normative requirements fit together." (Bielefeldt)

Topics: Gender, Women, Religion, Rights, Human Rights, Violence

Year: 1995

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