n Law, Democracy & Development - Children's rights, international human rights and the promise of Islamic legal theory




A perception exists amongst many scholars and writers of Western orientation that Islamic law, and indeed the religion of Islam in its entirety, are antithetical to the protection of international human rights. According to this view Islamic law is a formidable impediment to the universal realisation of the norms of international human rights law. This notion is particularly pronounced in matters pertaining to women, children and other vulnerable groups.


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