The culture and politics of human rights in the context of Islam
The purpose of this chapter is to identify the major differences between Islamic and Western approaches to the concept of human rights and to explore ways of minimizing the differences between the two views. In order to disseminate the notion of a universal concept of human rights, we need to find a way of educating people in the Islamic states about the importance of human rights and the changes which are emerging as a consequence of globalization. In order to evaluate the differences between Islamic and Western views on human rights, it is crucial to look at the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the pertinence of reports by the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights. The reaction of Western governments to violations of human rights by the Islamic states must also be examined if a way of implementing human rights in Islamic nations is to be found.