xvi, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781780683317 paperback 1780683316 paperback
Attesting to the ever-increasing presence and influence of Islamism is the emergence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. This newfangled theocracy is a constant source of inversions and shockwaves. But, while 'Islamism, Statehood and Human Rights' does not give a day-to-day account of events in the newly created state, it does look in depth at the worldviews that shape public policies and law in the 21st century world of Islam. At the heart of this book is the question of whether religious and political philosophies of contemporary Islamic regimes are compatible with human rights originating from the secular tradition of the West. The book contributes to the ongoing universalist-relativist debate in international relations and law. It examines two different worlds with competing perspectives on international human rights: firstly, a world where all humans are, by nature, entitled to human rights, and secondly a world where religious identity is a requirement for human rights. The former world of entitlement usually consists of secular societies where efforts are consistently made to ensure the separation of Church and State. In the latter world however, there is a hypostatic union between Church and State. Political and legal authority is stamped on the minds of citizens or subjects through religion. Rights, some theocrats believe, are divinely ordained and ascribed to members of a given community of faith. Informing the interdisciplinary research is a spirited desire for ethnographic understanding in multicultural societies and for peaceful co-existence within modern multi-religious states, which are often divided and threatened not only by religion but also by the manipulation of laws derived from religiously based traditions. 'Islamism, Statehood and Human Rights' accordingly investigates and analyses how law, politics and religion interact in such local and international public arenas.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction Theocracies : towards a working definition Contemporary theocracies in context Contemporary Islamic regimes and human rights : a review A jurisprudential analysis of the human rights environments Shari'ah in contemporary theocracies : the Nigerian example National constitution and the Shari'ah in Nigeria : a contextual analysis Conclusion.
KMC572 .I474 2015
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Intersentia,