Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach

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9780195665857: Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach

The book offers to undertake a conceptual approach to the issue of Hinduism and Human Rights in a cultural ethos in which they are perceived. It offers a rich network of interrelated questions about Human Rights from variety of Hindu and non-Hindu angles. The study focuses on the conceptual level of debate and tries to show that there is a room for classical or traditional Hindu concepts and ideas in the current international debates on Human Rights protection.
The book raises many pertinent issues concerning the relation between Hinduism and Human Rights. The indological literature on Hinduism and Hindu culture has never addressed the human rights perspective, and the author has analysed this issue by discussing issues like Caste System (varna, jati), The Stages of life (asrama), The Four Ages (yugas), and Freedom of Conscience and Hinduism.
This volume will be of immense value to scholars and students of law, religion, and philosophy. This will also be of interest to social theorists and comparatives.

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This book makes many interesting and insightful correlations... Recommended for university library collections. ( Christopher Key Chapple, Journal of the American Academy of Religion)

... a scholarly work which adopts a conceptual approach to the subject, and takes in a broad sweep of issues for investigation ... a timely contribution to an important, if somewhat overheated, debate. ( Journal of the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association)


  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • 1: Bases of Human Rights in Hinduism
  • 2: Hinduism and Human Rights Discourse
  • 3: The Caste Sytem (varna, jati) and Human Rights
  • 4: The Stages of Life (asrama) and Human Rights
  • 5: The Four Ages (yugas) and Human Rights
  • 6: Freedom of Conscience and Hinduism
  • 7: Universalism in India and the West
  • 8: A Human Rights Contribution to Hinduism and a Hindu Contribution of Human Rights
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary

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Sharma, Arvind
Editore: Oxford University Press, USA (2004)
ISBN 10: 0195665856 ISBN 13: 9780195665857
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 2003. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0195665856

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