Islam, Human Rights, and the Secular: A Conversation with Talal Asad and Abdullahi An-Naim

Can one ground universal human rights in the Islamic tradition? How do secular notions of human rights-- and those derived from other religious traditions--compare with Islamic perspectives? Does the secular and democratic state pose a threat to Islam? Or might it in fact provide the best possible guarantee of the rights of Muslim citizens? Two leading Muslim scholars, Talal Asad and Abdullahi An-Naim, discussed these questions with Jose Casanova, Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow in the Berkley Center. This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

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