Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights

ISBN-10: 0195343387
ISBN-13: 9780195343380
Edition: 2011
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Are human rights universal or the product of specific cultures? Is democracy a necessary condition for the achievement of human rights in practice? And when, if ever, is it legitimate for external actors to impose their understandings of human rights upon particular countries? In the contemporary context of globalization, these questions have a salient religious dimension. Religion intersects with global human rights agendas in multiple ways, including: whether ''universal'' humanrights are in fact an imposition of Christian understandings; whether democracy, the ''rule of the people,'' is compatible with God's law; and whether international efforts to enforce human rights including religious freedom amount to an illicit imperialism. This book brings together leadingspecialists across disciplines for the first major survey of the religious politics of human rights across the world's major regions, political systems, and faith traditions. The authors take a bottom-up approach and focus particularly on hot-button issues like human rights in Islam, Falun Gong in China, and religion in the former Soviet Union. Each essay examines the interaction of human rights and religion in practice and the challenges they pose for national and internationalpolicymakers.

Thomas Banchoff is Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of The German Problem Transformed: Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Policy, 1945-1995 , editor of Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics and Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism , and coeditor of Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights and Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity .

Robert Wuthnow, a native of Kansas, teaches sociology and directs the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. He is the author of many books about American religion and culture, including "Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s" and "Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future" (both Princeton).

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
The International Human Rights Regime
Islam and the Global Politics of Human Rights
Human Rights and Democracy in Islam: The Indonesian Case in Global Perspective
Muslims, Human Rights, and Women's Rights
Three Regions: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia
Religious Pluralism, Democracy, and Human Rights in Latin America
Gender Justice and Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa
Buddhism, Human Rights, and Non-Buddhist Minorities
Four Key Countries: India, China, Russia and the United States
Hinduism and the Politics of Rights in India
Religion, State Power, and Human Rights in China
Religious Communities and Rights in the Russian Federation
Human Rights, the Catholic Church, and the Death Penalty in the United States
Index

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