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Introductory. Reflections

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This chapter focuses on the Muslim world, either through the emergent State practices and existing constitutional structures within Muslim majority States or through Islamic diasporic communities resident in Europe and North-America. It analysis a relationship between religion, human rights and international law and the problems arising from a universally recognised right of freedom of religion. The chapter provides an introduction to the international legal background on the protection of freedom of religion. It addresses women's human rights and the tensions caused by the co-existence of assertions of women's equality and claims made in the name of religion. The chapter sets out the right to freedom of religion under international law and considers some of its contested areas, especially in the context of women's human rights. It examines how international law attempts to deal with contradictions and finally some ways in which they might in practice is reconciled.

Keywords: freedom of religion; international law; Islamic communities; women's human rights



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