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Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights$
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Thomas Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343397.001.0001

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Muslims, Human Rights, and Women's Rights

Muslims, Human Rights, and Women's Rights

(p.71) 4 Muslims, Human Rights, and Women's Rights
Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes Muslim responses to Western discourse on human rights and women's rights in Muslim societies, with a particular emphasis on the enduring legacy of colonialism and its effects. It first examines debates about the role of women among Muslim scholars, moving from secular modernizers to their opponents among traditionalists and to a new generation of Islamic feminists. It then traces the status of women in postindependence Muslim-majority nations, with a focus on the Arab world. It describes the causes and consequences of Islamization from the 1980s onward and the articulation of Muslim understanding of human rights through official declarations. A final section provides examples of three prominent national and transnational Muslim women's organizations engaged in the struggle for practical improvements of the status of women in the contemporary context of globalization.

Keywords:   Muslims, Islam, human rights, women's rights, colonialism, Isalmization, Muslim women

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