Towards an Islamic Tradition of Human Rights

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Louay Safi



The notion of human rights represents a set of abstract values whose
concretization is considered essential for ensuring a life of dignity. The
process through which the abstract rights are given a concrete expression
is far from being simple or straight forward. At issue is the impact of the
historical and moral specificities of a particular culture on the way through
which human rights are perceived and interpreted. This article considers
the possibility of developing a tradition of human rights rooted in an
Islamic worldview, and explores the impact of Islamic beliefs and values on
the interpretation and implementation of human rights.

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