Huquq al-Insan (Rights of People)

The Islamic legal tradition distinguishes between huquq Allah (the rights of God) and huquq al-insan (the rights of people). Some Muslim scholars have argued that huquq al-insan are akin to human rights or serve as the basis for developing a human rights discourse. In many Muslim countries, the independence struggle against European colonizers accentuated the importance of rights and democratic freedoms. After World War II, modern international formulations of human rights were produced, setting standards that became incorporated in public international law. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) provoked criticism from some Muslim countries, although only Saudi Arabia failed to support its passage.

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