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Title:Western and Muslim perceptions of universal human rights
Author:Ishtiaq, AhmedISNI
Periodical:Afrika Focus
Geographic term:Africa
human rights
Abstract:This article traces the evolution of the Western standpoint on human rights and its theoretical underpinnings, criticizes the current internationally approved instruments of human rights in terms of their relevance to the needs of individuals and groups in Third World societies, and reviews the Islamic view of human rights. It examines the human rights situation in regions in Africa and Asia where Muslims are in a majority, and in areas such as Europe, where they are a minority. It shows that Muslim responses to Western human rights have not been negative, but that there are some areas in which reconciliation is difficult, particularly the area of morality and the area of man-woman relations. The main question to be resolved by Muslims today is how to come to terms with two issues, viz. the separation of State and religion, and the equality of the rights of women and men in all spheres of life. Ref., sum.