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Abullahi An-Na'im on Human Rights as Means, Not an End

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Published on Nov 6, 2009

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September 29, 2009 | This video has been excerpted from the Berkley Center's event 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 gurantee 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.

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