Fall 2013
    Law No.: LAW9204
    Sched. No.: 113821687

Human Rights And Islam*
Section 1
Movassagh, Hooman

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):W, 1600-1800 (WB114)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**
Current Enrollment:13 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**

Course Description:

At the time the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, few Islamic States raised any serious objection to the rights it contained. On the eve of the Declaration’s 65th anniversary however, many Islamic States have raised fundamental objections to the trajectory of international human rights law and have at times been held to be in violation of some basic tenets of this system. Muslim minorities in non-Islamic States have also made claims requesting their beliefs to be respected and protected by these States. There are also a number of human rights documents issued by Islamic States and Organizations that may be construed as subjecting some human rights to Shari’a, raising concerns among human rights scholars and activists on the possible relativist implementation of human rights in such States.

The course will introduce students to the theoretical foundations of human rights and Islam, critically evaluate “Islamic law” as a legal system and its application in modern nation-states, and discuss liberal and conservative scholarly approaches on the compatibility of human rights and Islam. Furthermore, by analyzing cases, laws, and trends, this course will enable students to understand and evaluate the varied positions of Islamic States on human rights issues and to analyze the human rights claims by Muslim minorities in non-Islamic States. Specifically, the human rights in focus will include:
The right to life
Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments and punishments
Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
The right to a fair trial
The right to marry and found a family
Rights of minorities
Women’s rights
Children’s rights

COURSE REQUIREMENT: A 20-page paper (60%), and class participation (40%)