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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813344670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344676
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
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"A unique contribution to the discourse and practice of human rights."--Reza Afshari, Pace University

"A winning reference for any discussion on Islam and human rights issues." "--The Midwest Book Review" Praise for Prior Editions: "Highly recommended to all scholars and students of human rights in the Muslim world...Particularly useful for its incisive deconstructions of government-sponsored 'alternative' human rights frameworks, and the political calculations at their heart." -Anthony Chase, Occidental College "Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand and assess tensions between Islamic political thinking and the modern idea of human rights. For readers new to the question, a cogent new chapter o the politics of cultural relativism provides essential context and will quickly introduce them to surrounding controversy. Mayer doesn't hesitate to explore the diversity of thinking within the Islamic tradition or flinch from questioning the motivations of governments that appeal to Islam to legitimate political repression...A brilliant work by a seasoned scholar." -Susan Waltz, University of Michigan "A 'must read' for anyone interested in the interplay between religion, politics, and individual rights in our turbulent times...Articulate and well reasoned work...A unique contribution to the field of women's human rights and especially valuable for students and activists working toward improving the status of women in Muslim majority societies." -Mahnaz Afkhami "A brave and intelligent book." -"Middle Eastern Studies"



"In this fifth edition of what has become a classic book, Mayer provides an early look at the human rights implications of the Arab Spring, and by substantially expanding coverage of new movements (particularly among women) and the newly emerging issues of gender and sexual orientation, offers considerably more than a simple update. "Islam and Human Rights" belongs in the library of any scholar seriously interested in its important topics. Highly recommended." --"Choice
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"A unique contribution to the discourse and practice of human rights."--Reza Afshari, Pace University
"A winning reference for any discussion on Islam and human rights issues." "--The Midwest Book Review" Praise for Prior Editions: "Highly recommended to all scholars and students of human rights in the Muslim world...Particularly useful for its incisive deconstructions of government-sponsored 'alternative' human rights frameworks, and the political calculations at their heart." -Anthony Chase, Occidental College "Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand and assess tensions between Islamic political thinking and the modern idea of human rights. For readers new to the question, a cogent new chapter o the politics of cultural relativism provides essential context and will quickly introduce them to surrounding controversy. Mayer doesn't hesitate to explore the diversity of thinking within the Islamic tradition or flinch from questioning the motivations of governments that appeal to Islam to legitimate political repression...A brilliant work by a seasoned scholar." -Susan Waltz, University of Michigan "A 'must read' for anyone interested in the interplay between religion, politics, and individual rights in our turbulent times...Articulate and well reasoned work...A unique contribution to the field of women's human rights and especially valuable for students and activists working toward improving the status of women in Muslim majority societies." -Mahnaz Afkhami "A brave and int

"In this fifth edition of what has become a classic book, Mayer provides an early look at the human rights implications of the Arab Spring, and by substantially expanding coverage of new movements (particularly among women) and the newly emerging issues of gender and sexual orientation, offers considerably more than a simple update. Islam and Human Rights belongs in the library of any scholar seriously interested in its important topics. Highly recommended."
--Choice

"A unique contribution to the discourse and practice of human rights."
--Reza Afshari, Pace University

"A winning reference for any discussion on Islam and human rights issues."
--The Midwest Book Review

Praise for Prior Editions:

"Highly recommended to all scholars and students of human rights in the Muslim world...Particularly useful for its incisive deconstructions of government-sponsored 'alternative' human rights frameworks, and the political calculations at their heart."
--Anthony Chase, Occidental College

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A probing examination of how the Islamic tradition has been exploited for political ends by regimes and institutions seeking to legitimize policies inimical to human rights.

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