The Islam and Human Rights Nexus: Shifting Dimensions

Ann Elizabeth Mayer
2007 Muslim World Journal of Human Rights  
Hoping to convert my advancing years into an asset, I offer a perspective on the mutability of the Islam and human right nexus that exploits the long period during which I have explored the topic. Over the years I have noticed how often discussions of this nexus assume that it is a stable one involving two fixed, settled entities. Moreover, the impression has been widespread that the nexus is oppositional. This impression is conveyed, for example, via reservations entered by Muslim countries to
more » ... Muslim countries to the Women's Convention, which assume that a monolithic and unchanging "Islam" stands in the way of accepting principles prohibiting discrimination based on gender. These appeal to an Islamic cultural particularism that excuses Muslim countries' non-compliance with
doi:10.2202/1554-4419.1115 fatcat:ktvqaeap2fdahhnjdanfw7d4lq