Ethics in the Islamic Tradition on War

Authored by: John Kelsay

The Ashgate Research Companion to Military Ethics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472416285
eBook ISBN: 9781315613246
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042617

10.4324/9781315613246.ch29

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Abstract

Focusing on the juridical discussion of “judgments pertaining to armed struggle,” I outline the features of a Muslim war convention, then sketch the historical and contemporary debates and development of this idea. Throughout I draw attention to the ways Muslim reasoning about war has reflected changing political conditions. While this is particularly important with respect to notions of authority in war, it also affects conceptions of just cause and right conduct.

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