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Title: The ‘Global history of international law’: Some perspectives from within the islamic legal tradition(s)
Authors: Shahid, A
Keywords: As-Siyar, Islamic Law of Nations;History of International Law;Dar ul Islam Jihad;Dar ul Harb
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill Publishers
Citation: History of International Law and Islam, 17, (4): (2014)
Abstract: 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 influence of As-Siyar on the development of modern international law.
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