Research

Islam and Human Rights Fellowship Program

Project Description

A residential program for scholars and activists from various parts of the Islamic world to explore the relationship between human rights and Islam.

Project Accomplishments
  • 12 roundtable conferences (2001-2004)
  • International Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (May 16-21, 2004)
  • 29 international lectures; 38 national lectures
  • Symposium on "Islam and Human Rights," Journal of Human Rights in the Muslim World
  • Special "From the Field" Issue: "Islam and Human Rights Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts," Muslim World Journal in Human Rights
Sponsors

The Ford Foundation

Directors
Other Participants
  • Hameed O. Agberemi, Al-Fataah, Nigeria
  • Ali Ahmad, Bayero University, Nigeria
  • Salbiah Ahmad, human rights attorney, Malaysia
  • Jamila Bargach, National School of Architecture, Morocco
  • Codou Bop, GREFELS, Senegal
  • Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, State Institute of Islamic Studies, Indonesia
  • Jamail A. Kamlian, Mindanao State University-LLigan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Philippines
  • Lily Zakiyah Munir, Center for Pesantren and Democracy Studies, Jombang, Indonesia
  • Huda Seif, anthropologist, Yemen
  • Recep Senturk, Islamic Research Center, Turkey

Project Publications

In Their Own Words

"Pointing to the banality of evil does not make humans, nazis or others, less culpable morally. Humans are responsible for the evil they do, regardless of why they do it. They are accountable before humanity and God. ... Pointing to the banality of goodness does not diminish it in any way. An act is good when it is caring, when it protects the life and rights of others, no matter who does it, or where, or why."

–David R. Blumenthal