Moving beyond an analysis of what is written in religious and legal texts or debated by Islamic scholars, Sahar Aziz examines how Islam inspires lay Muslims to defend and advocate for human rights in “‘Whosoever Sees An Evil’ – Muslim Americans’ Human Rights Advocacy,”Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal (originally published in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion). The author explores how Muslims advocate for human and civil rights — as a result of rather than despite — their Islamic beliefs and Muslim identity. Accordingly, this article focuses on Muslims in the United States as a case study for how commitments to human rights manifest in the lived experiences of Muslims.
In “Section 377, Same-sex Sexualities and the Struggle for Sexual Rights in Bangladesh,”Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal (originally published in Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 20, No. 1, Article 9, 2019), Adnan Hossain offers an analysis of the wider socio-cultural context in which rights-based approaches to non-mainstream sexualities and gender identities emerged in the public sphere in Bangladesh. Drawing on ethnographic research and activism on gender, sexual diversity, health and sexual rights in Bangladesh, the author contends that the public discourse and activism for sexual rights, including the repeal of s 377, needs to be seen in the context of the ongoing tension between differential ideological standpoints on socio-sexual movement and the appropriate praxis and strategies for the obtainment of erotic and gender justice in postcolonial Bangladesh.