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Dhimmah, as part of the Muslim legal traditions comprising public and personal rules, has experienced a long history of regulating the status of minorities in Muslim territories. Parts of Dhimmah public rules, that is, recognition of Christians and Jews as religious minorities and the main part of Dhimmah personal rules, that is, recognition of the personal law of religious minorities, are still applied widely by almost all Muslim states. In international human rights law there is no specific definition for culture, identity, right to identity, and right to culture, nor is there such a definition in the binding treaties affecting religious minorities. This book investigates whether this recognition has led to some advantages for the recognized minorities or conversely some disadvantages for them and for other non-recognized minorities.

Keywords: Dhimmah; international human rights law; Muslim states



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