A new inscription of Xerxes from Persepolis, (The Oriental by Ernst Emil Herzfeld

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They also observed, “There is an unbecoming arrogance in assuming that international human rights organizations or others always know better than those directly involved, and therefore can take actions that fly in the face of their express wishes” (Imam and Medar-Gould 2003). Electronic petitions have become a popular means by which Western feminists endeavor to “save” women in other countries. A 1998 e-petition on behalf of women in Afghanistan, begun by a student at Brandeis University, garnered so many responses that Brandeis was forced to close the student’s mailbox.

Unlike Nussbaum, however, Okin does not limit herself to rhetorical gestures against antiessentialism. Instead, she argues against the essentialists that sexism can indeed be separated analytically from other categories of oppression, using empirical data to show that attention to gender is comparatively new to justice theories and development studies — and that it matters. “Saving Amina”: Global Justice for Women and Intercultural Dialogue 43 Okin’s concern about cultural injustice to women emerges again in her contributions to the multiculturalism debate.

Their story, properly told, will be decisive in finding out what justice demands. Third, normatively speaking, this is an approach that plausibly claims to start from the dignity of human beings as agents, as persons who are not to be subjected to unjustifiable structures of power they cannot influence. Such an approach respects the dignity of autonomous beings who no longer are seen as objects of injustice or of certain redistributive policies of justice. They are seen as moral persons with a basic right to justification that has a real, institutional meaning in this context (see Forst 1999a).

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