Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Moataz El Fegiery’s book Islamic law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt presents a comprehensive account of Muslim Brotherhood’s evolving thought on Islamic law and International Human Rights. Broadly, the book opposes the setting up of a shari’a state in a democratic regime with religious diversity.  It proposes the reform of traditional Islamic law as proposed by hardline Muslim jurists in favor of an “evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law” in a constitutional setup. The political transitions following the Arab Spring witnessed the influence of Islamists in politics. Focusing the impact of Muslim Brotherhood on the debates on Islamic law in the Muslim world, El Fegiery suggests that the protection of human rights requires the “transformation” of Islamists rather than their exclusion. He shuns the Islamists claim of equating sharia rule with democracy, based on the Muslim identity of people in the Muslim world, and vouches on the incompatibility of a shari’a state with democracy.

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Book Announcement: Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women

Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895019
Hardback, pp283, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Mechanism for the Marginalisation of Women by Samantha Spence.

This books draws on feminist commentary from the disciplines of anthropology, history, law, politics and sociology in order to deal with the phenomenon of modern-day witchcraft. It focuses on the re-emergence of witchcraft beliefs in contemporary society, suggesting that witchcraft accusations and persecution are being used as a marginalisation mechanism of women. The re-emergence of witchcraft beliefs in contemporary society and the prevalence of the violence associated with such beliefs has received little attention within academic literature, yet witchcraft-related violence against women is, progressively, becoming one of the most pervasive forms of violence facing women today. This book addresses this gap in the literature, discussing the return of witchcraft beliefs to contemporary society, whilst assessing the effectiveness of international human rights law in protecting women from witchcraft accusations and persecution. Continue reading

Book Announcement: The Future of Human Rights in the UK

The Future of Human Rights in the UK now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895132
Hardback, pp328, £70.99 / $119.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Future of Human Rights in the UK, edited by Claire-Michelle Smyth and Richard Lang.

In November 2016 the University of Brighton hosted a one day conference entitled “The Future of Human Rights in the UK”. Legal academics and practitioners from across the UK and Ireland attended to discuss the various topical issues that arise under the title of the conference. Papers were presented on terrorism and counter-terrorism, the role of the European Court of Human Rights, surrogacy and parental rights, union rights, social and economic rights and Brexit; to name but a few. This edited collection comprises a selection of the papers presented. It is a thought-provoking collection designed to make the reader ask themselves: what does the future of human rights in the UK look like? Continue reading

Call For Papers: NLIU Trilegal Summit On Mergers And Acquisitions, 16-17 February, 2018

The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws of National Law Institute University, Bhopal (“NLIU”), in collaboration with Trilegal and Cambridge Scholars Publishing, is organizing the third edition of the NLIU-Trilegal Summit on Mergers and Acquisitions (“2018 Summit”) on 16th and 17th of February, 2018.

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Book Announcement: Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, Power and Security

Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, Power and Security now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891653
Hardback, pp266, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, Power and Security, edited by Maria O’Neill and Ken Swinton.

This collection of papers examines a variety of areas and issues related to, or raised by, the EU Internal Security Strategy. It covers such matters as critical infrastructure protection and environmental crime, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including law, geography and politics. Continue reading

Book Announcement: The Effect of the 1958 New York Convention on Foreign Arbitral Awards in the Arab Gulf States

The Effect of the 1958 New York Convention on Foreign Arbitral Awards in the Arab Gulf States now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895774
Hardback, pp255, £

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Effect of the 1958 New York Convention on Foreign Arbitral Awards in the Arab Gulf States by Reyadh Mohamed Seyadi.

In the second half of the twentieth century, alongside the evolution of the global economy, modern technology, rapid transportation and multinational enterprises, there was an increased demand for a dispute resolution mechanism that met the needs of traders, international trade and economic policy-makers. Arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution has significantly gained in popularity in the Arab Gulf States over the past two decades or so. This is no doubt reason enough to take a closer look at the main theme that defines arbitration in this region. National courts of the Arab Gulf states are invariably seen as not very arbitration friendly, some possibly even hostile to arbitration. Public order, alongside the Islamic legal traditions, is seen as unruly horse that could possibly undermine the development of international commercial arbitration in this region. The contribution in this book will go some way toward dissipating the concerns that are routinely raised about the procedural and practical soundness of arbitration in the Arab Gulf states. In addition, the book serves to place arbitration in the Arab Gulf states in its present legal systems, national laws and courts practices. Continue reading