Said Mahmoudi 55 Journal of the History of International Law 7 : 55–68, 2005. ©2005 Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. The Islamic Perception of the Use of Force in the Contemporary World Said Mahmoudi* I. Introduction When speaking of Islamic perceptions of the use of force, particularly in the current phase of international relations, we should remember that there is no uniﬁed percep- tion among Islamic law experts or politicians in Islamic countries. It is not unusual that Islamic schools of jurisprudence have different interpretations of the provisions of primary sources of Islamic law, particularly verses of the Koran. Nor do “Islamic countries” constitute a homogenous group of States; they merely have Islam as the dominant religion. Besides, depending on how one deﬁnes “use of force” and its per- petrators, views are not necessarily limited to the ofﬁcial. What individuals and groups perceive may also bear on the assessment of the actual status of the law. The place and role of Islam in the constitutions of Islamic countries are very diver- gent. 1 Consequently, the degree to which Islam inﬂuences and shapes national policies in these countries can vary considerably, as witness e.g. , Bosnia and
Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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