Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism

1st Edition

By June Edmunds

Routledge

180 pages

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Cosmopolitanism, as an intellectual and political project, has failed. The portrayal of human rights, especially European, as evidence of cosmopolitanism in practice is misguided. Cosmopolitan theorists point to the rise of claims-making to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) among Europe’s Muslims to protect their right to religious freedom, mainly concerning the hijab, as evidence of cosmopolitan justice. However, the outcomes of such claims-making show that far from signifying a cosmopolitan moment, European human rights law has failed Europe’s Muslims.

Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism provides an empirical examination of claims-making and government policy in Western Europe focusing mainly on developments in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. A consideration of public debates and European law of conduct in the public sphere shows that cosmopolitan optimism has misjudged the magnitude of the impact claims-making among Europe’s Muslims. To overcome this cul-de-sac, European Muslims should turn to a new ‘politics of rights’ to pursue their right to religious expression.

This book is a theoretically challenging re-evaluation of cosmopolitan arguments through a rigorous discussion of rights-making claims by Europe's Muslims to the European Court of Human Rights. It combines sociological and legal case analysis which advances understanding of one of the most pressing topical issues of the day.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Chapter 2 HUMAN RIGHTS AS A ‘COSMOPOLITAN MOMENT’ cHAPTER 3 POST-NATIONAL THEORY,

CITIZENSHIP AND HUMAN RIGHTS cHAPTER 4 THE RISE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISM CHAPTER 5 LITIGATING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

CHAPTER 6 EUROPEAN IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM AND THE MYTH OF COSMOPOLITANISM CHAPTER 7 FROM COSMOPOLITANISM TO

SECURITIZATION CHAPTER 8 CONCLUSION

About the Author

June Edmunds is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex, UK and an affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General