Book Reviews / African and Asian Studies 7 (2008) 307-321 309 Bonny Ibhawoh. Imperialism and Human Rights: Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History . State University of New York Press, 2007, 226 pages, Hardcover, price not listed. Authored by Bonny Ibhawoh, Imperialism and Human Rights , is an in-depth analysis of the relationship between European imperialism and human right discourses in African his- tory. Th e book contains seven chapters, elaborate notes, a selected bibliography, and a very useful index. Ibhawoh’s excellent book evokes much debate and complex discourses among students of human rights; the text is very much akin to some of his earlier writings. 1 At the heart of the thematic debate of the publication is whether the philosophical journey of the modern concept of universal human rights began with the inception of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as some Western scholars tend to stress, or whether or not it had its gen- esis from “time immemorial” in many societies. Instead, the author argues, and rightly so, that the tradition of right discourses in the African continent goes much further beyond 1948. Th is debate has been explored by scholars in their
African and Asian Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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