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Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction

John Witte and M. Christian Green

Abstract

The relationship between religion and human rights is both complex and inextricable. While most of the world's religions have supported violence, repression, and prejudice, each has also played a crucial role in the modern struggle for universal human rights. Most importantly, religions provide the essential sources and scales of dignity and responsibility, shame and respect, restraint and regret, restitution and reconciliation that a human rights regime needs to survive and flourish in any culture. This book provides authoritative assessments of the contributions of Judaism, Christianity, Isl ... More

Keywords: human rights, religion, violence, repression, prejudice, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733453
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733453.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Witte, editor
Emory University, Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

M. Christian Green, editor
Emory University, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

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Contents

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Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and M. Christian Green

Part One Human Rights and Religious Traditions

2 Christianity and Human Rights

Nicholas P. Wolterstorff

3 Islam and Human Rights

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Part Two Religion and Modern Human Rights Issues

18 Religion and Children’s Rights

Barbara Bennett Woodhouse

End Matter