‘At the beginning of the twentieth century, famed theologian Abraham Kuyper toured the Mediterranean world and encountered Islam for the first time.
Part travelogue, part cultural critique, On Islam presents a European imperialist seeing firsthand the damage colonialism had caused and the value of a religion he had never truly understood. Here, Kuyper’s doctrine of common grace shines as he displays a nuanced and respectful understanding of the Muslim world. Though an ardent Calvinist, Kuyper still knew that God’s grace is expressed to unbelievers. Kuyper saw Islam as a culture and religion with much to offer the West, but also as a threat to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here he expresses a balanced view of early twentieth-century Islam that demands attention from the majority world today as well. Essays by prominent scholars bookend the volume, showing the relevance of these teachings in our time.’
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Abraham Kuyper’s conviction that religion constitutes the ‘marrow’ of each culture, motivated him to pay frequent attention to the role of Islam, among other things, in the different countries he visited on his journey around the Mediterranean Sea. Similarly, comparative scholars of law and religion should be willing also to investigate the way transcendent perspectives have potentially shaped, and in many cases may well continue to influence, the particular legal systems they study. Public theology of the kind contained in this book can inspire and inform them on their way.
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Posted in Democracy, Dutch Politics, Law and Religion, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?
Tagged abraham kuyper, Calvinist, colonialism, islam, law and religion, Muslim world, public theology, religion
The abstract of this article, entitled ‘The Judicial Protection of Religious Symbols in Europe’s Public Educational Institutions: Thank God for Canada and South Africa’, reads as follows:
‘How should judges deal with the manifestation of religious symbols in public educational institutions? In light of the important role of human rights in our legal and political system, courts should grant maximum protection under the freedom of religion or belief. The central thesis of this article is that the European Court of Human Rights fails to live up to this standard. In order to reach this conclusion, the article analyzes relevant case law of the European Court and compares its case law with that of the high courts of Canada and South Africa. In addition, the article assesses the case law of all three courts from the angle of interpretation theory and particularly Cass R. Sunsteins theory of judicial minimalism. Adoption of a more consistently minimalist methodology by the European Court might lead to a greater protection granted to individuals and groups. However, a wide and deep ruling is first required to overturn the current line of reasoning. The European Court can draw inspiration from Canada and South Africa for such a judgment.’
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About the journal:
‘Muslim World Journal of Human Rights offers a medium for scholarly debate on various aspects of the question of human rights as it relates to the Muslim World. Edited by an international board of leading Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies and human right scholars from around the world, MWJHR 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.’
Posted in Comparative Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Whither Europe?
Tagged Canada, Cass R. Sunstein, european court of human rights, Freedom of religion or belief, human rights, interpretation theory, judicial minimalism, Muslim world, public educational institutions, religious symbols, secularism, secularity, South Africa