1388 Pages
    by Routledge

    This four-volume compendium delves into topics such as the theology of rights in Islam, comparative explorations, and a historical study of human rights in Muslim-majority societies spanning Africa, the Middle East, and South and South East Asia during the 20th and early 21 centuries. Moreover, it explores how Muslim women and men have understood their faith and evolving notions of rights and liberties.

    Volume 1 analyzes the relationship between religion and human rights along with  "Western" and "Islamic" human rights schemes. Volume 2 traces early and later Muslim responses to human rights during the 20th century. Volume 3 considers the political context in the struggle for human rights in Muslim societies by focusing on state-society relations. Volume 4 explores shariʽah and contemporary human rights controversies by surveying subjects such as: women’s rights which is described as the locomotive of societal change, apostasy and blasphemy laws, as well as LGBT and labor rights.

    Volume 1 - Religion/Islam and Human Rights

    1. Louis Henkin, ‘Religion, Religions and Human Rights’, Journal of Religious Ethics 26, 2, 1998, 229-239.

    2. David Little, ‘Rethinking Human Rights: A Review Essay on Religion, Relativism and Other Matters’, Journal of Religious Ethics 27, 1, 1999, 151-177.

    3. Hilary Charlesworth, ‘The Challenges of Human Rights Law for Religious Traditions’, in Mark W. Janis and Carolyn Evans (eds.), Religion and International Law (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publisher, 2004), 401-415.

    4. Amartya Sen, ‘Human Rights and Asian Values’, The New Republic 217 (July 14 & 21, 1997), 33-40.

    5. Fred Dallmayr, ‘"Asian Values" and Global Human Rights’, Philosophy East and West 52, 2, 2002, 173-189.

    6. Irene Oh, ‘Conversations about Human Rights and Islam’ in Irene Oh, The Rights of God: Islam, Human Rights and Comparative Ethics (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007), 12-35.

    7. Heiner Bielefeldt, ‘Muslim Voices in the Human Rights Debate’, Human Rights Quarterly 17, 1995, 587-617.

    8. Heiner Bielefeldt, ‘"Western" vs. "Islamic" Human Rights Conceptions?: A Critique of Cultural Essentialism in the Discussion on Human Rights’, Political Theory 28, 2000, 90-121.

    9. Ann Elizabeth Mayer, ‘Assimilating Human Rights in the Middle East’, in Ann Elizabeth Mayer, Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics, 5th edition (Boulder: Westview Press, 2013), 1-26.

    10. Khaled Abou El Fadl, ‘The Human Rights Commitment in Modern Islam’, in Zainah Anwar (ed.), Wanted: Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family (Kuala Lumpur, Musawah, 2009), 113-178.

    11. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, ‘The Interdependence of Religion, Secularism, and Human Rights: Prospects for Islamic Societies’, Common Knowledge 11, 1, 2005, 56-80.

    12. Abdelaziz Sachedina, ‘The Clash of Universalisms: Religious and Secular in Human Rights’, The Hedgehog Review 9, 2007, 49-62.

    13. Ebrahim Moosa, ‘The Dilemma of Islamic Rights Schemes’, Journal of Law and Religion 15, 2001, 185-215.

    14. Anthony Tirado Chase, ‘A Selective History’, in Anthony Tirado Chase, Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2012), 23-46.

    15. Mohammad H. Fadel, ‘Public Reason as a Strategy for Principled Reconciliation: The Case of Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law’, Chicago Journal of International Law 8, 1, 2007, 1-20.


    Volume 2 - Early and Later Muslim Responses to Human Rights

    16. Turan Kayaoglu, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Declaration on Human Rights: Promises and Pitfalls (Doha: Brookings Doha Center, Policy Briefing, September 2020).

    17. Sayyid Qutb, ‘The Foundations of Social Justice in Islam’, in Sayyid Qutb, Social Justice in Islam, translated by John B. Hardie, revised by Hamid Algar (Oneonta, NY: Islamic Publications International, 2000), 51-78.

    18. Sultanhussain Tabandeh, A Muslim Commentary on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (London: F.T Goulding, 1970), 1-30.

    19. Abdul A’la Maududi, Human Rights in Islam (London: Islamic Foundation, 1976), 9-39.

    20. Morteza Motahari, ‘The Human Status of Women in the Quran’, in The Rights of Women in Islam (Tehran: World Organization for Islamic Services, 1980), 73-92.

    21. Robert Traer, ‘Human Rights in Islam’, Islamic Studies 28, 2, 1989, 117-129.

    22. Ismail al-Faruqi, ‘Islam and Human Rights’, Islamic Quarterly 27, 1983, 12-30.

    23. Susan Waltz, ‘Universal Human Rights: The Contribution of Muslim States’, Human Rights Quarterly 26, 4, 2004, 799-844.

    24. Charles Kurzman, ‘Introduction: Liberal Islam and its Islamic Context’, in Charles Kurzman (ed.), Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), 3-26.

    25. Anwar Ibrahim, ‘Universal Values and Muslim Democracy’, Journal of Democracy 17, 3, 2006, 5-12.

    26. Riffat Hassan, ‘On Human Rights and the Qur'anic Perspective’, in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 29, 1982, 51-65.

    27. Fatima Mernissi, The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam, translated by Mary Jo Lakeland (New York: Addison-Wesley, 1991), 1-11, 49-61.

    28. Amina Wadud, Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from Woman’s Perspective (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 1-10, 12-14.

    29. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, ‘Sharia and Basic Human Rights Concerns’, in Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberaties, Human Rights and International Law (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1990), 161-181.

    30. Khaled Abou El Fadl, The Place of Tolerance in Islam, Boston Review (December 23, 2001).

    31. Farish A. Noor, ‘Reformist Muslim Thinkers in Malaysia: Engaging with Power to Uplift the Umma’, in Shireen T. Hunter (ed.), Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2009), 208-226.

    32. Nurcholish Madjid, ‘The Necessity of Renewing Islamic Thought and the Problem of the Integration of the Ummah’, in Nurcholish Madjid, The True Face of Islam: Essays on Islam and Modernity in Indonesia (Ciputat, Indonesia: Voice Center Indonesia, 2003), 315-322.

    Volume 3 - The Politics of Islam and Human Rights in Muslims Societies

    33. Arab Human Development Report 2004: Towards Freedom in the Arab World (New York: United Nations Development Program 2005), 5-22.

    34. Khaled Abou El Fadl, ‘What Really Went Wrong: Postcolonialism and the Rise of Modern Apologetics’, in Khaled Abou El Fadl, Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari’ah in the Modern Age (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), 203-227.

    35. Fred Halliday, ‘Relativism and Universalism in Human Rights: The Case of the Islamic Middle East’, Political Studies 43, 1995, 152-167.

    36. Ann Elizabeth Mayer, ‘Shifting Grounds for Challenging the Authority of International Human Rights Law: Religion as a Malleable and Politicized Pretext for Governmental Noncompliance with Human Rights’, in András Sajó (ed.), Human Rights with Modesty: The Problem of Universalism (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004), 349-374.

    37. Sami Zubaida, ‘The Quest for the Islamic State: Islamic Fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran’, in Sami Zubaida, Islam, the People and the State: Political Ideas and Movements in the Middle East, 3rd edition (New York: IB Tauris, 2009), 38-63.

    38. Nathan J. Brown, Official Islam in the Arab World: The Contest for Religious Authority (Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for Peace, 2017).

    39. Nikki Keddie, ‘Scholarship, Relativism and Universalism’, in Nikki Keddie, Women in the Middle East: Past and Present (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007), 225-249.

    40. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, ‘The Politics of Islam’, in Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018), 1-15.

    41. Catherine Sameh, ‘Discourses of Equality, Rights and Islam in the One Million Signatures Campaign in Iran’, International Feminist Journal of Politics 12, 3-4, 2010, 444-463.

    42. Michaelle Browers, ‘Gender and Politics’, in J. Michael Ryan and Helen Rizzo (eds.), Gender in the Middle East and North Africa (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2020), 113-128.

    43. Madawi Al-Rasheed, ‘Civil Society in an Authoritarian State’, in Madawi Al-Rasheed, Muted Modernists: The Struggle Over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), 55-74.

    44. Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, ‘The Dark Path of Minority Politics: Why Privileging Minorities Will Only Perpetuate the Syrian Catastrophe’, in Thanassis Cambanis and Michael Wahid Hanna (eds.), Citizenship and its Discontents: The Struggle for Rights, Pluralism and Inclusion in the Middle East (New York: The Century Foundation Press, 2019), 15-37.

    45. Ibtesam Alatiyat and Hassan Barari, ‘Liberating Women with Islam? The Islamists and Women’s Issues in Jordan’, Totalitarian Movements and Politics Religions 11, 3-4, 2010, 359-378.

    46. Joshua Neoh, ‘Islamic State and Common Law in Malaysia: A Case Study of Lina Joy’, Global Jurist 8, 2, 2008, 1-27.

    47. Asma Jahangir, ‘Human Rights in Pakistan: A System in the Making’, in Samantha Power and Graham Allison (eds.), Realizing Human Rights: From Inspiration to Impact (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000), 167-193.

    48. John R. Bowen, ‘Contours of Sharia in Indonesia’, in Mirjam Künkler and Alfred Stepan (eds.), Democracy and Islam in Indonesia (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), 151-167.

    Volume 4 - Shari’ah & Contemporary Controversies

    50. Khaled Abou El Fadl, ‘Foundations’, in Amyn Sajoo (ed), The Shari’a: History, Ethics and Law (New York: IB Tauris, 2018), 19-37.

    51. Nina Khouri, ‘Human Rights and Islam: Lessons from Amina Lawal and Mukhtar Mai’, Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 8, 1, 2007, 93-109.

    52, Recep Senturk, ‘Minority Rights in Islam: From Dhimmi to Citizen’, in Shireen T.

    Hunter and Huma Malik (eds), Islam and Human Rights: Advancing a US-Muslim Dialogue,(Washington, D.C.: Center for International and Strategic Studies, 2005), 67-99.

    53. Abdullah Saeed, ‘Rethinking Citizenship Rights of Non‐Muslims in an Islamic State: Rashid al‐Ghannūshi's Contribution to the Evolving Debate’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 10:3 (1999), 307-323.

    54. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, "Beyond dhimmihood: citizenship and human rights," in Robert Hefner ed., The New Cambridge History of Islam: Muslims and Modernity, Culture and Society Since 1800, volume 6 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 314-334.

    55. Barbara Zollner, "Mithliyyun or Lutiyyun? Neo-Orthodoxy and the Debate on the Unlawfullness of Same-Sex Relations in Islam," in Samar Habib, Islam and Homosexuality, Volume 1 (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010), 193-221.

    56. Joseph Massad, "Re-Orienting Desire: The Gay International and the Arab World," Public Culture 14 (Spring 2002), 361-385.

    57. Anthony Chase, "Social Rights: Sexual Orientation," in Anthony Chase, Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2012), 151-172.

    58. Abdullahi An-Na’im, "The Islamic Law of Apostasy and its Modern Applicability: A Case from Sudan," Religion 16 (July 1986), 197-224.

    59. Baber Johansen, "Apostasy as Objective and Depersonalized Fact: Two Recent Egypt Court Cases," Social Research 70 (Fall 2003), 687-710.

    60. Shaun Gregory, "Under the Shadow of Islam: The Plight of the Christian Minority in Pakistan," Contemporary South Asia 20 (June 2012), 195-212.

    61. Ahmet Kuru, "Understanding the History and Politics Behind Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws," The Conversation, February 20, 2020.

    62. Ron E. Hassner, "Blasphemy and Violence," International Studies Quarterly 55 (March 2011), 23-45.

    63. Abdullah Saeed, "Freedom of Expression," in Abdullah Saeed, Human Rights and Islam: An Introduction to Key Debates between Islamic Law and International Human Rights (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018), 174-191.

    64. Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, "Muslims, Human Rights and Women’s Rights," in Thomas Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow eds., Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 71-98.

    65. Margot Badran, "Between Secular and Islamic Feminism/s: Reflections on the Middle East and Beyond," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 (Winter 2005), 6-28.

    66. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, "Beyond ‘Islam’ vs. ‘Feminism’," IDS Bulletin 42 (January 2011), 67-77.










    Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, USA

    Emran Qureshi is a Wertheim Research Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, USA