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Muslim World Journal of Human Rights

Editor In Chief: Turan Kayaoglu
Edited by: Mashood A. Baderin, Mahmood Monshipouri,  and Lynn Welchman
Your benefits:
  • The only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the pressing question of human rights in the Muslim world
  • Scholarly debate on various aspects of the question of human rights as it relates to the Muslim world
  • International board of leading Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies and human rights scholars from around the world
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Novel methods in the field
  • Rigorous peer-review

Muslim World Journal of Human Rights promises to serve as a forum in which barriers are bridged (or at least, addressed), and human rights are finally discussed with an eye on the Muslim world, in an open and creative manner. The choice to name the journal, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights reflects a desire to examine human rights issues related not only to Islam and Islamic law, but equally those human rights issues found in Muslim societies that stem from various other sources such as socio-economic and political factors, as well the interaction and intersections of the two areas. MWJHR welcomes submissions that apply the traditional human right framework in their analysis as well as those that transcend the boundaries of contemporary scholarship in this regard. Further, the journal also welcomes inter-disciplinary and/or comparative approaches to the study of human rights in the Muslim world in an effort to encourage the emergence of new methodologies in the field.
Muslim World Journal of Human Rights recognizes that several highly contested debates in the field of human rights have been reflected in the Muslim world but have frequently taken on their own particular manifestation in accordance with the varying contexts of contemporary Muslim societies.

  • universalism / relativism
  • individualism / collectivism
  • positivism / pluralism
  • deontology / instrumentalism
  • internationalism / sovereignty
In addition to the theoretical debates noted above, a sampling of the substantive areas to be addressed by the journal’s articles can be seen in the following:
  • Civil and political rights (e.g., capital punishment, freedom of expression, unlawful detentions, etc.)
  • Social, economic and cultural rights (e.g., the right to education, health care, labor rights, etc).
  • Women’s rights and their sociological, political and cultural contexts (e.g., discrimination in family and criminal law, political participation, domestic violence, etc.)
  • Religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities living in Muslim states (e.g., dhimmah system, apostasy etc.)
  • The rule of law, constitutionalism and notions of Islamic constitutionalism
  • The influence of both political Islam and reformist theological and jurisprudential thought on "Islam and human rights" debates
  • Refugee rights

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Research articles, Reviews, Book reviews

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Content available since 2004 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

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Editor in Chief
Turan Kayaoglu, University of Washington Tacoma

Mashood Baderin, School of Oriental and African Studies
Mahmood Monshipouri, San Francisco State University
Lynn Welchman, School of Oriental and African Studies

Book Review Editor
Chrystie Flournoy Swiney, Georgetown University

Development Editor
Elizabeth Marsch, American University

Advisory Board
Abdullahi An-Na'Im, Emory Law School
Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul Law School
John L. Esposito, Georgetown University
Abdulaziz A. Sachedina, University of Virginia

Associate Editors
Anthony Chase, Occidental College
Jack Donnelly, University of Denver
Nader Hashemi, University of Denver
Ziba Mir-Hosseini, University of London
Tamara Sonn, The College of William and Mary
Anicée Van Engeland-Nourai, University of Exeter

Former Associate Editors
Tony Anghie, University of Utah Law School
Patrice Brodeur, University of Montreal
Annie Bunting, York University
Peter Danchin, University of Maryland Law School
Fawaz Gerges, Sarah Lawrence College
Marc Gopin, Tufts University
Wael Hallaq, McGill University
Maimul Khan, UC Davis Law School
Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University
Qudsia Mirza, University of East London
Naz Modirzadeh, Harvard University
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University
Diane Singerman, American University
Madhavi Sunder, UC Davis Law School

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