Sociology of rights: inviolability of the other in Islam between universalistism and communalism
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AbstractThe world is anxious today to know how Muslims would treat the Other. But ironically, at the height of the so-called information age, a straightforward answer is difficult to obtain. Does Islamic law accord inviolability to the Other? Does Islam grant equal rights to all human beings at the universal level, regardless of their religion, or only to the co-believers? The perception of the non-Muslim public is divided on this question. The Other expects Muslims to offer assurances of inviolability from the perspective of Islam. But why cannot they get it?