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CMS Seminar: "Fears and Conflict over Islamic Human Rights: A Clash of Cultures or a Clash with a Construct?"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Morrill Hall, 404
Cornell University Dept, 159 Central Avenue, Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA

What constitutes human rights? Can we come to a common understanding of these freedoms and thereby guarantee that these are entirely granted to every member of society? These questions have been the subject of historic universal documents such as the Magna Carta, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, the American Bill of Rights and the Geneva Convention. What is often ignored, however, is that these queries have also been addressed by numerous religious traditions. The Islamic model of human rights in particular is striking in its rigor, its image and its relevance to modern times. The distinguishing feature of human privileges in Islam is that they are the natural outcome of an extensive practice of faith, deeds and social behavior that Muslims believe are divinely authorized.

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Near Eastern Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Law School, Anthropology, Government, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Global Learning, Global Cornell

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Eric Tagliacozzo


Mohamed A. 'Arafa

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Asst. Professor of Law, Alexandria University of Law (Egypt)

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Building is wheelchair accessible

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Free and Open to Public

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