Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective

Project Description

A systematic analysis of the past, present, and potential contributions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the cultivation and protection of human rights, particularly religious rights and liberties, in international law and in various nation-states in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Russia.

Project Accomplishments
  • Roundtable conferences in Atlanta, Mexico City, Oxford, Dakar, Cape Town, Budapest, Dresden (1991-1993)
  • October 6-9, 1994, International Conference, Atlanta; 46 speakers, 750 participants

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc.

CSLR Participants
Other Participants
  • Said Amir Arjomand, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Donna E. Arzt, Syracuse University
  • Jimmy Carter, Former President, United States
  • John E. Coons, University of California at Berkeley
  • Irwin Cotler, McGill University
  • Peter Cumper, The Nottingham Trent University
  • W. Cole Durham, Jr., Brigham Young University
  • Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago
  • William Johnson Everett, Andover Newton Theological School
  • James Finn, Freedom Review and Puebla Institute
  • Tamás Földesi, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
  • Riffat Hassan, University of Louisville
  • Stephen E. Healey, Boston College
  • Martin Heckel, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen
  • J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard University
  • Wolfgang Huber, Lutheran Bishop of Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Stanley Muschett Ibarra, Universidad Santa María la Antigua, Panama
  • Alexandre Kiss, International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg
  • Natan Lerner, Tel Aviv University
  • David Little, United States Institute of Peace
  • Asher Maoz, Tel Aviv University
  • Paul Mojzes, Rosemont College
  • Makau wa Mutua, Harvard University
  • David Novak, University of Virginia
  • Lourens M. du Plessis, University of Stellenbosch
  • John S. Pobee, World Council of Churches, Geneva
  • Michael Roan, Project Tandem, Inc.
  • Dinah Shelton, Santa Clara University
  • Paul E. Sigmund, Princeton University
  • Max L. Stackhouse, Princeton University
  • Brian Tierney, Cornell University
  • Desmond M. Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
  • Charles Villa-Vicencio, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • James E. Wood, Jr., Baylor University

Project Publications

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