Recent Scholarship: Zulfiqar on Jihād

SHARIAsource Pakistan and Maldives Editor Adnan Zulfiqar recently published an article in the West Virginia Law Review about how changing views of jihād as an individual duty versus a collective one have challenged the state’s jurisdiction over legitimate violence: “Jurisdiction over Jihad: Islamic Law and the Duty to Fight” A serious deficiency in the current … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Zulfiqar on Jihād

Historical Primary Sources: A Legal and Diplomatic Justification of the Ottoman Declaration of War Against Russia, 1768

This document is a beyānnāme, or declaration, sent by the Ottoman reʾīsül-kuttāb (chief scribe) to Britain's ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, justifying the Ottoman declaration of war on Russia by explaining Russia's violation of treaty obligations. The document gives insight into eighteenth-century Ottoman attitudes to international law and its relationship with Islamic law. Contributed by … Continue reading Historical Primary Sources: A Legal and Diplomatic Justification of the Ottoman Declaration of War Against Russia, 1768