Rethinking the Universality of Human Rights: A comparative historical proposal for the idea of 'common ground' with other moral traditions
Title: Rethinking the Universality of Human Rights: A comparative historical proposal for the idea of 'common ground' with other moral traditions
Author: BHUTA, Nehal
Citation: Anver M. EMON, Mark ELLIS and Benjamin GLAHN (eds), Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for common ground?, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, 123-143
This chapter argues that when looking for “common ground” between different moral and religious traditions, a historical approach which takes into account the historicity of specific norms and practices is desirable. Rather than take one set of principles as the universal norms to which other values must be assimilated, I argue that we must relativize both sets of values by trying to grasp their meaning and social significance within specific historical formations of politics, power and place.
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