Islamic law, human rights and neo-colonialism
in ‘War on terror’
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This chapter focuses on the interface and tensions between the human rights tradition and the Islamic tradition, particularly Islamic law. A human rights commitment is an intellectual conviction given reality by protecting and serving the well-being, dignity and autonomy of human beings, simply because they are human. Islamophobia is a necessary adjunct to a foreign policy of social and cultural engineering. The George W. Bush administration and its neo-con ideologues believe that Islam needs social engineering to save Muslims from themselves. The policies of the Bush era are similar to Colonialism's in two other respects: exceptionalism and protectoratism. Exclusivists re-engineer the classical legal tradition in response to the onslaught of Colonialism and the ideological aggression of the proponents of human rights. They construct Islamic law such that it becomes a symbol of opposition to Western interventionism.

‘War on terror’

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2006

Editor: Chris Miller


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