The Right to Life
Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
The right to life and physical integrity is the foundation of every free society. Nonetheless, this right is severely restricted and disregarded in many countries. In reference to the Sharia, torture, beatings and capital punishment are found to be justifiable in some Muslim states.
In the "war on terror," torture and targeted killings without trial are found to be legitimate. Under what conditions can a person's right to life be restricted in Judaism and Islam and how is this right weighed against other legal rights?
David Novak and Jonathan Brown will discuss.
David Novak is a rabbi, theologian, and professor for religion and philosophy at the University of Toronto. His research interests include interreligious dialog, bioethics and the law of nature. His titles include The Sanctity of Human Life.
Jonathan Brown is professor of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University and director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. His titles includeStoning and Hand Cutting – Understanding the Hudud and the Sharia in Islam.