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Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa

Abdullahi A An-Na'im
Price: $ 27.5

There are many difficult questions surrounding the legitimization and protection of human rights in non-Western cultures. This book clarifies in an African context both what ought to constitute human rights and strategies for their realization.

The book argues for the local promotion of what ought to be universal human rights through processes of cultural transformation over time. While acknowledging the tensions between local cultures and the notion of universal human rights, the contributors argue that these issues can be addressed via creative possibilities within specific countries.

The book examines the African Charter of Human and People's Rights to make a case for recognizing a specifically African cultural contribution to ideas of human rights that originally emerged from a European social context. The volume translates the general issues at stake into the particularly contentious question of women's rights - especially their land and other property rights.

This thoughtful set of explorations by African scholars and human rights activists adds significantly to our understanding of the complex relationships that exist between culture, religion, law and human rights.

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