Though often misrepresented and misunderstood in the West, Islamic law has
always contained elements of human rights. The very concept of essential
rights for all members of the community can be traced back to the origins
of Islamic law, Tamara Sonn, the College’s Kenan Professor of Humanities in
the department of religious studies, said in a recent lecture at the
Marshall-Wythe School of Law.

“The reality remains that those Muslims who are joining with people of all
traditions in the search for justice and universal human rights have a
fertile source for supporting arguments in their own classical legal
traditions,” Sonn said

 

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