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Promoting The Dialogue

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Factors preventing wider dissemination and acceptance of modernist women-friendly understandings of Islam in Muslim States can be divided into two large groups. The first group encompasses the so-called internal factors which by definition originate in Muslim communities and States themselves. The second group includes external factors, including possible influences of international and more specifically human rights law. In the theory of international law the relationship between municipal and international legal orders is described in two different ways by two doctrines. The dualist doctrine views the two legal orders as essentially distinct and regulating different subject-matters and concludes therefore that they can never come into a conflict. In particular, interdependence of rights should become not only a slogan in international documents and a subject for scholarly research, but a part of the daily work of human rights bodies.

Keywords: human rights law; international law; municipal legal orders; Muslim States



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