JISPIL Vol 4 Issue 2 2008 - A1



Against the conventional Western centric approach to international law, what is demanded of the Muslims in the study of international law is the revealing of a common world history. This is a history of past co-existence of civilizations, colonialism and resistance to colonial power, and of coming to term with globalization. As an opposition to the unitary approach, they should ensure that international law remains tolerant to specific cultural and especially regional and institutional approaches. Muslims especially, have to pursue this approach of common understanding of law, values, and ethics and initiate a broad based Islamic cooperation in the development of Siyar (Islamic international law), which will facilitate the accomplishment of the Muslim’s global interests and consequently contribute to the general welfare of the world.


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