Book discussion section: Comparative ethics, Islam, and human rights: Internal pluralism and the possible development of tradition

Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (3):580-587 (2010)
Abstract
Dialogue with three major Muslim authors shows that Islam can take a positive stance toward human rights while also presenting differing interpretations of the meaning and scope of rights. Because of their subordination of norms reached through reason to those drawn from faith, as well as negative experiences of the impact of Western colonization of parts of the Muslim world, Abul A‘la Maududi and Sayyid Qutb place significant restrictions on rights of conscience. 'Abdolkarim Soroush's positive support for the role of reason in Islamic faith and his less-negative assessment of the West lead him to more vigorous support for the human rights agenda. This study raises the question of whether the humility needed in comparative ethics and the respect for others at the root of human rights are necessarily linked
Keywords Sayyid Qutb  dialogue  virtue  Islam  colonialism  Irene Oh  faith and reason  'Abdolkarim Soroush  human rights  Abul A‘la Maududi  internal pluralism
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