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"Global Citizenship and Human Rights: From Muslims in Europe to European Muslims" in Religious Pluralism and Human Rights in Europe: Where to Draw the Line?

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  • Published: 2007, Intersentia Publishing

In this chapter, An-na'im argues that the universality of human rights assumes or presupposes the possibility of "global citizenship" as the basis of entitlement to rights and the ability to enforce them.  Despite their different antecedents in the intellectual and political histories of various societies, he argues, the concepts of citizenship and fundamental rights have also been joined in mutual support and synergy in the development of the human rights paradigm.

About the Author: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory in 1995, he was Executive Director of Human Rights Watch/Africa. In February 2009, An-Na`im received an Honorary Doctorate from the Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven, Leuven), Belgium. He also served as Global Legal Scholar at the Law School, University of Warwick, UK (until August 2010); and Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (until December 2010). An-Na`im has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on human rights, constitutionalism, Islamic law and politics. As a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, he is working on a book manuscript for Oxford University Press, tentatively entitled: “What is an  American Muslim,” in which he is applying the thesis presented in his 2008 book, Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a.  This book is available for download free of charge in eight languages of Islamic societies at (http://sharia.law.emory.edu).

 

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