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Asylum: A Moral Dilemma

Asylum: A Moral Dilemma

by W. Gunther Plaut


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Fueled by the explosion of the worldis population, the quest for asylum is one of the most pressing problems of our age. Refugee receiving nations—located frequently, but by no means exclusively, in the Western world—have to respond to masses of humanity searching for new livable homes. Human compassion for these refugees can be found everywhere, but so can xenophobia and the desire to preserve oneis nation, economic well being, and cultural integrity. The clash between these impulses represents one of the great dilemmas of our time and is the subject of Plautis study. In exploring it, he provides a far-ranging inquiry into the human condition. The book presents political, ethnic, philosophical, religious, and sociological arguments, and deals with some of the most troublesome and heartbreaking conflicts in the news.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275951962
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/23/1995
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

W. GUNTHER PLAUT is a senior scholar at the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Born in Germany, where he received his doctor of laws, he fled Hitleris Reich for the United States where he became a rabbi, serving in Chicago, St. Paul, and since 1961 in Toronto. Plaut is the author of 20 books, including Torah: A Modern Commentary, of which he is the editor and principal author. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.

Table of Contents

The Issues

Questions Without Answers


Religion, Natural Law, and Hospitality

A Look at History

Some Ethical Questions

Through the Lens of Sociobiology

Community and Individual

Contended Rights: To Leave, Return, Remain

The Practice

Refugees in Africa

Four Asian Lands

Glimpses of Europe and Central America

The North American Experience

The Sanctuary Movement

A Final Look

Appendix A: Egyptian and Hittite Treaties

Appendix B: Human Rights-Major Documents

Appendix C: Refugee Documents; Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees of 31 January 1967



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