A useful text covering the history of what today we consider human rights, from the earliest times (Mesopotamian Codes of Hammurabi ca. 1700 BC) to the present day.
"Well-written, passionate, and a pleasure to read, this remarkable book is essential to the development of a coherent theory of human rights and might well become an instant classic." - John Vail, University of Newcastle
"Humane and generous in its approach, brilliant in its conception and presentation." - Shlomo Avineri, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"A definitive account of the history of human rights told from the perspective of those struggling to obtain them. Ishay brings both historical context and conceptual acuity to modern debates about the role of human rights in a multicultural world." - Benjamin Barber, author of Jihad vs. McWorld
"This well-written book, chock-full of knowledge, presents a history of the idea, or ideas, of human rights through the prism of the author's thoughtful views on key controversies that bedevil human rights discourse to this day." - Sir Nigel Rodley, Chair, University of Essex Human Rights Centre; and Member, Human Rights Committee, UN"