Religion and human rights : an introduction /

"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 p...

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Other Authors: Witte, John, 1959-, Green, M. Christian 1968-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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This interdisciplinary, relevant, and readable book, edited by Witte and Green (both, Emory), features 22 chapters in two parts. Part 1, "Human Rights and Religious Traditions," lays the theoretical foundations for part 2, "Religion and Modern Human Rights Issues." Distinguished scholars from philosophy, sociology, law, history, anthropology, and religion all offer careful analyses of issues ranging from freedoms of conscience, expression, belief, and association, to matters of self-determination, choice, and community identity. This book is impressively inclusive and fair in its consideration of religious traditions (with chapters on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and indigenous religions), its theoretical apparatus (featuring substantive considerations of different approaches to legal and political theory), and its possible applications (including chapters on environmental rights, women's rights, and the right to peace). The chapters by David Little and Steven D. Smith are especially good, and should be required reading for anyone studying political philosophy or the philosophy of law. Despite its numerous chapters, this book is coherent throughout, and the robust conversation that emerges likely will engage readers of all levels. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. J. A. Simmons Furman University

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