The Deputy Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah , has released The book” ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN RIGHTS: REFRAMED BY THE WEST “authored by Professor Dr. Nehaluddin Ahmad , currently serving as a Professor of Law at Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University ,Brunei Darussalam at International Convention Centre, Brunei .
The function was attended by Home Minister of the country, Religious minister and Rector of the university. Indian first secretary of Indian High Commission and few ambassadors and high commissioners representing their countries in Brunei were present along with intellectuals, students and academicians of the countries.
This book is an attempt to analysis of Islamic principles about the human rights. Author tried to find out root for western propaganda and misunderstanding about this issue. So many people, including intellectuals and academicians, in the western countries argue that Islam establishes authoritarian social and political orders, and allows very little space for contemporary social and political thought. So therefore it become incumbent to make a systematic investigation on these issues to resolve confusion and misunderstanding.
Thus author tried to analyze the Islamic concept of individual freedom, religious liberalism, right to personal security, rule of law, concept of secularism, sovereignty concept of collectivism and woman’s rights and tried to make a comparison with western legal thoughts in order to draw the conclusions as how these modern concepts are holding true in the Islamic world, whether directly or indirectly.
As far as our knowledge goes the Westerners had no doctrine of human rights and civil rights before the seventeenth century. Even after the seventeenth century the philosophers and the thinkers on jurisprudence have presented these ideas, the practical proof and demonstration of these concepts can only be found at the end of the eighteenth century during America and France revolution and in their constitution.
The author develops the key to a rational understanding of centuries-old stereotypes, misunderstandings and subliminal biases that western textbooks and media have aimed against Islamic concepts. This work has been written on the basis that if this category of knowledge spreads in the west, their perceptions of Islam will improve. Therefore, this book does not dwell on the reasons leading to this widespread misinformation. Rather, it presents its readers with a scientifically structured comparison of selected human rights issues.
The second point which author would like to clarify at the very outset is that when we speak of human rights in Islam we really mean that these rights have been granted by God; they have not been granted by any parliament.
Brief introduction of Professor Dr Nehaluddin Ahmad
Nehaluddin Ahmad is currently serving as a Professor of Law at Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam. He has served at several academic institutions in India, Tanzania, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
His main teaching and research interests are Constitutional law, International law and politics, Law and technology and Comparative law. He holds LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) from Meerut University, India, a LL.M. (Master of Laws in IT and Telecom. Law) from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, and also holds a LL.M .and M. A, LL.B. from Lucknow University, India. He has got several years of professional experience including teaching of Law subjects and Legal practice. He was admitted at the Bar Council of India (UP), 1976, and has practiced as an advocate at Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court, India for few years. He is a prolific writer and had published around more than 100 research papers in international refereed journals in USA, U.K, Netherlands, Germany, Prague Malaysia, Indonesia, India, South Korea, and Australia and several of them are published in ISI/Scopus/ Ulrich/ indexed publications.
A number of his articles are cited in High Court’s/ Supreme Court’s proceedings /Judgments in various countries, United Nations (ECOSOC) and also cited by renowned academicians from elite institutions of international repute such as University of Oxford, Yale University, California State University, University of Cambridge, University of Massachusetts, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (and many other universities of UK , USA ,Australia, Sweden, Turkey , Korea, Singapore, India, Malaysia).