Towards an Islamic Theory of International Relations

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Author: Abdulhamid Abu Sulayman

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This book attempts to lay the intellectual foundations for a reconsideration of what constitutes a truly Islamic world order. Much of the value of this work lies in its discussion of methodology, and in the ways it proposes that further study may be undertaken in the social sciences in general, by means of methodology developed from a purely Islamic perspective.

Recent events have demonstrated that one of the most ompirtant fields of study in this century is the world order. The contribution of this book to this field is that it attempts to lay the intellectual foundations for a reconsideration of what constitutes a truly Islamic world order. Perhaps the words of the late Professor Ismail al Faruqi, in his scholarly introduction to this work, best describe the landmarksof such an order; "The world order of Islam would confer upon every person by virtue of birth and humanity, the ultimate right and honor, namely, the capacity to think and make up one`s mind as to which millah one wishes to belong and hence, by which law one desire to order one`s life and that one of one`s dependants."

In dealing with this subject, the author has had to return to the sources of Islam, the Qur`an and the Sunnah, and develop a methodology for dealing with them in a creative and practicable manner. In doing so, he examines the methodology developed by the early generations of Muslim scholars and finds it limited by its legalistic approach. Thus, much of the value of this work lies in its discussion of methodology, and in the ways it proposes that further study may be undertaken in the social sciences in general, by means of methodology developed from a purely Islamic perspective.