Peace and Reconciliation in International and Islamic Law
In an age where the global rules-based world order faces significant challenges to maintaining peace and stability—with world superpowers jockeying to preserve their influence across multiple theatres of conflict—this book explores the major international laws and treaties governing the process of peace and reconciliation. Focusing on the conflicts in Afghanistan, Palestine-Israel and Kashmir, it examines and analyses these conflicts through the prism of international law, humanitarian norms, treaties, and conventions, interspersed with insights from the Islamic legal tradition.
An innovative approach to the problem of conflict resolution is applied by a) reviewing the jurisprudential sources and tools that are used in international and Islamic law, and b) using a comparative analysis to provide an assessment of whether these sources help or hinder—individually or collectively—the chances for peace and reconciliation in specific global conflict theatres. It also explores how by supplementing these legal tools using principles of Islamic peacebuilding along with a theo-diplomatic conflict reconciliation model could assist in the brokering of peaceful outcomes.
This book will be of benefit to think tanks; inter-faith institutions; government departments; diplomats, ambassadors, statesmen and stateswomen; consulates; faith leaders; universities; public policy-political science departments; international relations analysts; counter terrorism-security experts; and academics who are interested in the interfaces between Islamic and international law.
Kaleem Hussain is a British writer, multi-disciplinary change management consultant and geo-political observer with an interest in the intersection of religion in public life, politics and international relations as well as programmes and initiatives fostering peaceful coexistence and reconciliation at a national and international level. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham, UK and at The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (Muslim Heritage), UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Global Diplomatic Forum Alumnus, and a Risk Assistance Network Exchange (RANE) Analyst. He completed his LLB Law (Honours), LLM in International Economic Law at the University of Warwick and a PDLGM at Warwick Business School, UK.
"Kaleem Hussain’s book is an important scholarly contribution to the literature available on peace, reconciliation and conflict resolution, with diplomatic sensitivities in the context of International Law and Islamic Law. International humanitarian law and laws of war can learn a lot from Islamic history, which is replete with shining examples of mercy, forgiveness, generosity and chivalry. Given the struggles of the people of Kashmir and Palestine, and so many other unresolved conflicts, Kaleem Hussain’s work is essential reading as it provides a scholarly perspective on the interface of International Law and Islamic Law, whose principles can make deft diplomacy and peace and reconciliation a force multiplier for a rules-based world order, which is the bedrock of international relations."
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Journalist, Politician, and Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee in Pakistan
"Kaleem Hussain offers smart, realistic and achievable solutions for a world torn apart by bitter grievances and conflict, and his thoughtful and evidence-based ideas deserve the widest audience. Drawn from a careful reading of history, and especially from Islamic Law and tradition, he has identified and beautifully explained key proven processes for de-escalating problems and restoring harmony."
Dr. Joel Hayward, Professor of Strategic Thought, Rabdan Academy, United Arab Emirates
"This book is a laudable contribution to the study of its very important and timely topic."
Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody, Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
"Hussain explores the intersections of diplomacy and International Law from the under-utilised lens of Shari’a principles. With conflict ravaging Muslim-majority countries, this timely book raises the issue of what role an Islamic approach too peace building might play."
Dr. Nasya Bahfen, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, La Trobe University, Australia
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