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

September 29, 2009
Location: Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium Map

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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