Exploring the Precedent for Human Rights in Sharia: A Reconciliation?

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By Rana Adan Abid

This article poses the question: to what extent can Sharia and the modern conception of human rights ever be reconciled? To address this query it looks at the rights of six groups: non-Muslim minorities; the Intersex/Trans community; prisoners of war; civilians during wartime; the economically disadvantaged; and the dependents, under Sharia and international law. It highlights the legal precedent under Sharia that may be similar or comparable to the standards of international law with the aim of critically analyzing the popular perception of Islam being a religion with no respect for the fundamental and inalienable dignity of human beings.

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