New on Law & Policy: IHL and Islam

Golden Shield on the Door of the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. 

Golden Shield on the Door of the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. 

Studying the points of correspondence between Islamic law and modern IHL is not a matter of intellectual luxury: it is of strategic importance in ensuring that IHL principles are observed in armed conflict.

Our colleagues over at Humanitarian Law & Policy have a great new post by Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody, the ICRC Legal Adviser on Islamic Law and Jurisprudence. In this article, Dr. Al-Dawoody gives a comprehensive overview on IHL and Islam, including the origins, sources, characteristics and principles of Islamic Law of War.*

With armed conflicts taking place in so many parts of the Muslim world, the Islamic law of war is as indispensable as ever for the protection of civilians and other persons hors de combat. Over the centuries, classical Muslim jurists have in providing an impressive legal literature, which, just as international humanitarian law (IHL), brings humanity in war. Emphasizing the universality of IHL’s principles, which transcend legal traditions, civilizations and cultures, is absolutely essential for improving respect and protection for victims of armed conflict in the Muslim world.

Read the full article here. It is also available on Medium.

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*The ideas expressed in this article are the author’s own, and should not be interpreted as formal positions of the ICRC.