Forgive me for this academic/legal sidebar: read this

Posted on March 24, 2006


I’d forgotten about this, but my law school publishes the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. What? Oxymoron, you say? That remains to be seen.

I actually interviewed the Managing Editor last year, someone who disconcerted me by turning out to be a woman despite her name, Shadi. I don’t remember any of what she said. Frankly, I don’t believe that Islam is really set up for human rights. Is any religion? Maybe, maybe not. It’s indisputable that citizens of the Muslim umma have do not currently enjoy human rights, though. In typical academic fashion, the blurb on the website of the Journal says the following:

“Currently, the debate surrounding the situation of human rights in the Muslim World is taking on increased significance in various domestic and international settings. Reasons spurring the rise of attention to human rights issues in the Muslim world are numerous, multi-faceted, and complex. Compared to other parts of the world, states- both religious and secular- have been unsuccessful in contending with authoritarian tendencies and rampant civil and political rights violations. Further, the increased relevance of movements advocating political Islam and its legal institutionalization has posed various questions about the compatibility of Islamist agendas and international human rights norms. Related, yet more widespread and significant, have been discussions stirring in governments, civil societies, academia and religious institutions throughout the Muslim world about the ways in which sundry other interpretations of Islam and Islamic law can conform and/or contribute to global human rights discourses. In addition, the 21st century has been marked by a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment and subsequently growing human rights concerns with regard to the treatment of Muslim Minorities in non-Muslim states. Finally, the increased incidence of foreign influence and intervention in countries of the Muslim world raise further human rights questions and challenges.”

I love academic language, don’t you? If there’s anything law school has taught me, it’s how to cut through the crap. I’m sure all of you can too. Nebos ma3 ba3d.

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