Jordan Heng-Contaxis

Jordan Heng-Contaxis

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:00

Islamic law and the rules of war

More than a millennium before the codification of the Geneva Conventions, most of the fundamental categories of protection could be found in Islamic teachings.

With the majority of today’s conflicts taking place in Muslim countries or involving Muslim combatants, aid agencies are operating - arguably more than ever before - in situations where Islamic norms govern the terrain in which they work. Islamic law contains a rich but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians. But can that centuries-old canon be reconciled with modern international humanitarian norms?

This report explores the tension (and overlap) between Islamic jurisprudence and international humanitarian law: reporting on how jihadists are interpreting Islamic edicts, and how humanitarians are using those same principles to further access. Read full article at: