Worldviews and universalisms
The doctrine of ‘religion’ in Islam and the idea of ‘rights’ in the West
in Religion and rights
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This chapter shows where the philosophical worldviews that inform the religion of Islam and the rights discourse may be distant from each other, and where they may be closer than we ordinarily realize. Rights discourse does not declare itself specific to certain countries or cultural paradigms, its attraction for its adherents is its claim to universalism. The Islamic worldview might well be shared or at least sympathetically judged by all believers in an Absolute Divine Creator: devout and committed believers in a Divinity that does not share authority are logically in a quandary otherwise. In the West, secularism is a subject of great controversy, in terms of what it requires by way of specific policies and legislative tools. Having emerged as part of the secularisation of Western society, it derives its authority from something other than a supernatural or metaphysical source.

Religion and rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2008

Editor: Wes Williams


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