Are human rights a universal norm, or a "western" value and therefore inappropriate and irrelevant for other cultures? How does Islam influence the understanding of human rights in Muslim societies? Is there an inherent antithesis between Islam as a religion and the value of human rights? How do we evaluate proposals for a particularly "Islamic" conceptualization of human rights? These questions are addressed in an international context in this book, which focuses especially on the interaction between human rights as a value and norm in international relations, and Islam as a constituent of political culture in particular societies
Katerina Dalacoura has taught International Relations at the University of Essex, as Tutorial Fellow, and at the London School of Economics, as Temporary Lecturer and later as Research Officer. Her next project will be a study on Human Rights in Foreign Policy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London.
Human rights and authenticity; Islam and human rights; Egypt, 1920s-1930s; Egypt, 1970s-1990s; Tunisia, 1970s-1990s; the prospects of Islamic liberalism in the Middle East.