An Exploration of the 'Global' History of International Law: Some Perspectives from within the Islamic Legal Traditions

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In recent decades there has been a growing interest in global histories in many parts of the world. Exploring a ‘global history of international law’ is comparatively a recent phenomenon that has attracted the attention of international lawyers and historians. However most scholarly contributions that deal with the history of international law end-up in perpetuating Western Self-centrism and Euro-centrism. International law is often presented in the writings of international law scholars as a product of Western Christian states and applicable only between them. These scholars insist that the origins of modern (Post-Westphalian) international law lie in the state practice of the European nations of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. This approach that considers only old Christian states of Western Europe to be the original international community is exclusionary, since it fails to recognize and engage with other legal systems including the Islamic legal traditions. This chapter through the writings of eminent classic and contemporary Islamic jurists explores the development of As Siyar(Islamic international law) within the Islamic legal tradition and attempts to address the existing gaps in the global history of international law project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Law and Islam - Historical Explorations
EditorsIgnaciao de la Rasilla, Ayesha Shahid
PublisherBrill Nijhoff
ISBN (Print)978-9004388284
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • As-Siyar
  • Islamic Law of Nations
  • History of International Law
  • Dar ul Islam
  • Jihad
  • Dar ul Harb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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