March and Modirzadeh on the Islamic Law of War

Andrew March (Yale) and Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard) have posted Ambivalent Universalism? Jus ad bellum in Modern Islamic Legal Discourse, on SSRN. The abstract follows.

In this paper, we discuss the trajectory of modern Islamic legal discourse on jus ad bellum questions, challenging the ideas that the choice is between either a defensive or an aggressive jihad doctrine, and that declaring and waging war is regarded in Islamic law as properly a matter to be monopolized by legitimate state authorities.

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