Rethinking human rights and Islam

On Thursday, September 6th, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East held a conference to discuss the universe of Islamic tradition and the reality on the ground for people who exist in the human rights discourse, including the abuses of it. The panel coincided with the launching of a report, “The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse,” in which scholars, practitioners, and activists explore the questions of Islamic tradition and human rights discourse by presenting new stories of minorities, analysis of law, and geographies beyond the question of compatibility.

Mr. Abdul-Rehman Malik, Coordinator of the Muslim Social Justice at Yale University, provided opening remarks and moderated the panel on “Rethinking Human Rights and Islam,” featuring Rafik Hariri Center’s nonresident senior fellow Dr. H. A. Hellyer; Dr. Dalia Fahmy, Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University; Dr. Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor of Law & Economics of Islamic Law at the University of Toronto; and Dr. Peter Mandaville, Professor of International Affairs and George Mason University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Image: Abdul-Rehman Malik, H.A. Hellyer, Dalia Fahmy, and Mohamed Fadel speaking about human rights and Muslim minorities in the West.