Kamran Hashemi’s book, Religious Legal Traditions, International Human Rights law and Muslim States, published by Martinus Nijhoff (http://www.brill.nl/product_id29152.htm) was launched yesterday at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Dr Hashemi obtained his PhD at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and the book is based on its doctoral thesis. The book includes a very nice introduction by Prof. Abdullai An-Naim, of Emery University. Kamran has returned to his job as an Iranian diplomat, and he is active in education at the foreign ministry in Tehran. The book is a very important contribution to the literature on the interface between Islamic law and traditions and contemporary human rights norms. The photo at the book launch shows Kamran, Dr. Ray Murphy and myself.