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Abuse In The Name Of Culture

In a world of diversity and differences then there is a growing need to respect those differences and to understand that they are important to different communities that not only make up our world but also our own diverse communities in the countries in which we live.

But what about human rights and how do we react to practices in some cultures that are abusive to people – and often especially to women. Is abuse in the name of culture justified or are human rights of paramount importance.




Jürgen Habermas Lecture: Myth and Ritual

In this Berkley Center lecture, the philosopher Jürgen Habermas explored the evolution of myth and ritual, and their enduring significance for human societies, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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We Should Not Be Reluctant to Assert the Superiority of Western Values

Filmed at the Royal Geographical society on 9th October 2007. For the motion: Douglas Murray, David Aaronovitch, Ibn Warraq Against the motion: Tariq Ramadan, William Dalrymple, Charles Glass Chair: Edward Lucas

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Theology and Ethics of Pluralism - Yasir Qadhi & Tariq Ramadan

Saved Sect? Theology and Ethics of Pluralism - Dr Yasir Qadhi & Dr Tariq Ramadan. Sunni, Shia, Salafi, Sufi...just to name a few schools of thought within our community. Each school sees itself as rightly guided and lays claim to being the 'saved sect.' So how do Muslims navigate the choppy waters of intra-faith diversity? How do we remain faithful to our particularities while accepting differences? This session will examine the theology of inclusiveness and the ethics of disagreement in building the beloved community

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Universalism vs. Cultural Relativism

 Critically reflect on the proposition that it is wrong to expect that international human rights law and regimes should be universally respected in the face of vastly different national, legal and cultural systems.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Destroys Cultural Relativism

Are human rights culutral imperialism? Ayaan Hirsi answers.

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Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in 'crazy love' -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. 

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Cultural Islam or Islamic Culture - Dr. Bilal Philips

Separating Islam from the cultures of the people is very important as many people have linked some of these barbaric Cultural practices to Islam such as Honour killings, acid attacks, forced marriages, abuse of basic human rights. As a result some have left Islam because of these Cultural practises not to mention the propaganda from the media Dr Bilal Philips talks about the impact of culture on our practice of Islam and the importance of putting Islamic values before cultural values. 

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Dr. Kawuma's remarks on Universal Human Rights vs. Cultural relativism (Part 1)

A discussion of the common arguments raised against the applicability of Universal Human Rights in a culturally diverse world. Can universal human rights take precedent over customery law?

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Human Rights and Culture

In this lesson we will explore a very controversial part of the human rights debate, the tension between universalism and relativism. This sounds like big fancy words, and thought it is a complicated discussion, it is an important one to understand.

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