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Toward An Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights, And International Law
Toward An Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights, And International Law
By Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Syracuse University Press, 1990, 272 pp
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After the revolutionary events in Iran and the fundamentalist revival in many parts of the Islamic world, few would maintain that a juridical and philosophical treatise on Islamic law has little relevance to world politics and international relations. A Sudanese scholar and jurist, An-Na'im seeks a reinterpretation of the traditional law that, by eschewing secularism and fundamentalism, would reconcile it with both the demands of modern life and with international law, including self-determination and human rights. The message could have great political importance but, as the author says, the task "is enormous and exceedingly delicate."