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King Cyrus the Great turns in his grave

13 Sep 2010

■ Ann De Craemer
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  1. World of Islam » Blog Archive » The Jews of Islam says:

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  2. Kheppel says:

    Sure, maybe the cilinder shouldn’t be there at this moment

    But the idea that it is a human rights document is obviously nonsense, actually
    promoted by the Shah, one of the worst violators of human rights in the world

    The author doesn’t say actually that the cilinder is de facto a human rights document, but a more critical approach to how people twist history is missing here

  3. Ann says:

    Dear Kheppel,
    thanks for your reaction. Of course, the cylinder has been used by the shah to promote his regime, but I do mention this in the last alinea, where I say that it played an important role in his propapanda. I know there is discussion about whether to see the cylinder as the first human rights document. But after having read about this, it is in my view indeed an important human rights document, and one of the first in recorded history. The respect for human rights of Cyrus is even mentioned in the Bible.

  4. Kheppel says:

    Salaam Ann,

    Well there is a big debate on whether there was anything that you could call “human rights” in that time. I think it is an anachronism to talk about human rights in this period of time. Also, what annoys me is how “Persians” deal with this document. The Bible does mention Cyrus as an anointed one (Messiah) but “human rights” is a very modern concept,.

    You could read it that way, but that would be like saying that there is no difference between the concept of free will in St. Augustine and the concept of willed movement in Aristotle.

    Or for example translating the Greek “sophrusune” with the Dutch Christian “matigheid”

    I guess I’m too much of a relativist :P

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