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About Amyn B. Sajoo

Amyn B. Sajoo is Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Comparative Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), where he lectures in human rights, politics and history. His books include Pluralism in Old Societies and New States (1994), Muslim Ethics (2004), and Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination (2008).

Articles by Amyn B. Sajoo

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Faith in rights: ethics of the public square

Human rights cannot thrive globally without the support of pluralist religious theologies that are in tune with public culture. In Muslim settings, this means that the shari’a free itself from a narrow traditionalism that has displaced a strong heritage of inclusive and egalitarian ethics. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Religion and Human Rights.

Kate, hate, and “brutal display”

The idea that any public interest is served by these choices is absurd, no matter which side of the Mediterranean one is perched.

Civility and its discontents - or how not to think about pluralism

A globalised public sphere no longer affords the luxury of isolation, splendid or sordid, from the “other”, argues Amyn B. Sajoo, nor from the mirror it holds up to our shallow liberalism.
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