Law, Religion, and Human Rights

Project Description

This project is designed to make the CSLR's 20 years of research on religion and human rights available to activists, public policy leaders, and media experts. It also assesses the current state and future questions of religion and human rights that will confront different legal communities around the world.

Project Accomplishments
  • Roundtable conference in Durban, South Africa (Spring 2008)
  • Website offering access to the CSLR's collection of more than 400 books, journals, chapters, and articles on the subject from a variety of perspectives.

The Henry Luce Foundation

CSLR Participants

Project Publications

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"The Accursed Minority: The Ethno-Cultural Persecution of Al-Akhdam in the Republic of Yemen: A Documentary & Advocacy Project" in Islam and Human Rights: Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts, Global Media Publications, 2006 Huda Seif
"Adams versus Jefferson: From Establishment to Freedom of Public Religion" in God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006 John Witte, Jr.
"Advocating for Children's Rights in a Lawless Nation: Articulating Rights for Foster Children" in What is Right for Children? The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights, Ashgate, 2009 Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Brooke Hardy
"An African Christian in Search of Democracy" in Christianity and Democracy in Global Context, Westview Press, 1993 John S. Pobee
African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006 Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
"The African Independent Churches in South Africa: A History of Persecution," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 1089-1120 G. C. Oosthuizen
"Africa's Search for Religious Human Rights Through Returning to Wells of Living Water" in Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective: Legal Perspectives, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1996 John S. Pobee
"An Akan Perspective on Human Rights" in Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, The Brookings Institution, 1990 Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Francis M. Deng
"'Ali Shari'ati and Human Rights" in Human Rights and Religious Values: An Uneasy Relationship?, Rodopi, 1995 Anton Wessels
"An American Paradox: The Place of Religion in an Ambiguous Polity" in The Political Dimensions of Religion, 1993 Steven M. Tipton
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In Their Own Words

"Happiness is both a perennial topic and a currently fashionable one, and the relation between some of the current trends in positive psychology and the traditions in philosophy and theology are as yet unclear, so this is an opportune time to take stock and to focus on the topic. What most intrigues me about the "Pursuit of Happiness" project is the way it brings scientists, humanities scholars, and theologians around the same table. The "dialects" that we use in our respective professional worlds are so diverse that our meetings sometimes feel like Babel, or chaos; and some members are a little troubled by that; but its an adventure. Moreover, the usual turf battles that go on within academic fields are completely irrelevant here, which is quite refreshing."

–Philip L. Reynolds