Special Issue "Religion and Human Rights: Complementary or Contrary?"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: religious studies and empirical methodology; religious education in a pluralist society; tensions between religion and modernity, religion and human rights and religion and democratic citizenship
Human rights law is supposed to direct all social forces towards enhancement of the autonomy and equality of all citizens. Human rights law cannot function as a strictly neutral umpire or even impartial authority, but needs the support of various forces in civil society. These forces are called upon to prevent the subordination of human rights law to ideological interests and to improve its interpretation and application in order to promote the principles of human dignity, freedom and equality.
Religions are influential social forces in many societies. Like human rights, they have a universal concept of a just and good life. All religions claim that the ethical aspirations and moral duties they share contribute to the well-being and welfare of individual human beings, groups and communities. This applies particularly to the golden rule, which plays an important role in all religions, namely that one should treat everybody as one would wish to be treated. The principle of universal reciprocity underlying this golden rule can be seen as the very basis of all human rights law. However, one could ask whether and to what extent this principle is actually observed both within and between different religions, as well as in the secular world, both within and between nation-states. More specifically, one could ask whether and to what extent religions contribute to the realisation of human rights to legislate, positivise and universalise the moral codes they espouse, or at least help to prevent and counteract the violation of human rights. The question is legitimate, because religions can be requested and even required to abide by their own ethical and moral standards.
Theoretical and empirical studies from different disciplines are welcome that reflect certain aspects of the complex relationship between religion and human rights. Authors who are interested in submitting an essay to this special issue should send a 300-word abstract of his/her/their paper to the guest editor at <[email protected]> by 31 May 2020. Final manuscripts will be due on 31 October 2020. All essays will be peer reviewed.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Ziebertz
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- Human Rights
- human dignity