chapter  5
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Islam and human rights in the age of globalization

In the last quarter of the twentieth century, human interactions have become deeply immersed in a global context brought about by sweeping technological, political, cultural and socioeconomic changes. Of the many factors that have contributed to these changes, the most eminently visible ones are: the liberalization of access to information and the transmission of ideas via electronic media; the interconnection of economies through international finance; the linking of social problems and ecological concerns made possible by improving information technology; and the growth of global normative standards and rules, particularly those concerned with international human rights. The result has been globalization, or the emergence of a ‘fluid’ international political order.