Exploring foundational convergence between the Islamic law of armed conflict and modern international humanitarian law: Evidence from al-Shaybani's Siyar al-Kabir

Çakmak C., Güneysu G.

INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF THE RED CROSS, vol.102, no.915, pp.1153-1178, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 102 Issue: 915
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s1816383121000503
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, EBSCO Legal Collection, EBSCO Legal Source, PAIS International
  • Page Numbers: pp.1153-1178
  • Keywords: Islamic law of armed conflict, al-Siyar al-Kabir, international humanitarian law
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This paper compares and contrasts the Islamic law of armed conflict with the modern international humanitarian law, with the view of identifying foundational similarities between these two separate canons, drawing extensively from al-Siyar al-Kabir. To this end, it raises the question as to whether the Islamic law of armed conflict is compatible with its modern counterpart, and, if it is, to what extent. To address these interlinked questions, the study departs from the premise that in order to identify resemblance, it is necessary to enquire into the foundations (both legal and philosophical) of the Islamic and contemporary approaches vis-a-vis armed conflicts.