Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

24. Whose Rights? The Danish Debate on Ritual Infant Male Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Mikael Aktor [+-]
University of Southern Denmark
Mikael Aktor is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern Denmark.

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The debate over ritual infant male circumcision has increasingly been thematized as a Human Rights issue. But the claims on such rights seem highly conflicting. In particular, the rights of the child seems to conflict with the freedom of religion of parents, the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, and the rights of family and privacy. This disagreement is also present among scholars of religion. A reading of public statements by scholars of religion in the ongoing Danish (and Norwegian) debate reveals the lack of consensus of the study of religion when it comes to matters that are of great concern both for religious minorities and for individual citizens. This chapter examines the Law and Human Rights documents behind these conflicting claims and discusses the role of the scholar of religion in the debate.

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Aktor, Mikael . 24. Whose Rights? The Danish Debate on Ritual Infant Male Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 311-324 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28112. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28112. Feb 2016

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