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Author: Ayesha Shahid

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 a comparatively recent phenomenon that has attracted the attention of both international lawyers and historians. However, most scholarly contributions dealing with the history of international law end up perpetuating Western Self-centrism and Euro-centrism. International law is often depicted in the writings of international law scholars, as both a product of, and only applicable to, Western Christian states. 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 the international law project.

In: International Law and Islam
Volume 2, 2018 - Islamic Law and its Implementation in Asia and the Middle East
Volume Editors: Javaid Rehman and Ayesha Shahid
The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews as well as significant developments in human rights and humanitarian law. It examines international human rights and humanitarian law with a global reach, though its particular focus is on the Asian region.

The focused theme of Volume 2 is Islamic Law and its Implementation in Asia and the Middle East.
In: The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews as well as significant developments in human rights and humanitarian law. It examines international human rights and humanitarian law with a global reach, though its particular focus is on the Asian region.

Volumes of the The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are also available as E-Book.
The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews as well as significant developments in human rights and humanitarian law. It examines international human rights and humanitarian law with a global reach, though its particular focus is on the Asian region.

The focused theme of Volume 1 is ISIS and Implications for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
Volume Editors: Javaid Rehman, Ayesha Shahid, and Steve Foster
The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews as well as significant developments in human rights and humanitarian law. It examines international human rights and humanitarian law with a global reach, though its particular focus is on the Asian region.

The focused theme of Volume 3 is Law, Gender and Sexuality.
Volume Editors: Javaid Rehman, Ayesha Shahid, and Steve Foster
The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews as well as significant developments in human rights and humanitarian law. It examines international human rights and humanitarian law with a global reach, though its particular focus is on the Asian region.

The focused theme of Volume 4 is India and Human Rights.
In: The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law