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Book: Refugee Status in Islam

The book “Refugee Status in Islam Concepts of Protection in Islamic Tradition and International Law” is based on Shoukri PhD which completed in 2007.

Refugee Status in Islam is based on Shoukri’s PhD thesis (completed in 2007), and addresses a highly significant and generally under-researched area of study pertaining to the development of concepts of protection in Islam. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from classical Muslim scholars to the Prophet’s traditions (sīra) and hadith, to Arabic literature and poetry, Shoukri traces the history and meaning of key terms relevant to the field of refugee studies, ultimately comparing the Islamic interpretation and practice regarding protection, with the contemporary international legal regime.

What are the views, principles and regulations of the Islamic tradition concerning refugee status? Are there any similarities between the Islamic tradition relating to the laws of aman (safe conduct) and the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the status of refugees? In this book, Arafat Shoukri delves into fifteen centuries of Arab and Islamic history examining hundreds of ancient sources to establish Islam’s position on refugees. This is the first examination of the 1951 Geneva Convention on refugees from an Islamic perspective. In adopting this approach, Shoukri is able to compare and contrast the principles of international law with those of the Islamic tradition.

Arafat Madi Shoukri is Director of the Council for European-Palestinian Relations (CEPR). He has participated in many conferences on the issue of Palestinian refugees and is a regular commentator in the media about the current affairs of the Palestinian refugees. He holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The jiwar in the jahiliyya
Chapter 2: Jiwar in the Islamic Tradition in the Meccan period
Chapter 3: Aman (safe conduct) in the Islamic Tradition
Chapter 4: The 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of refugees in the light of the Islamic tradition
Chapter 5: Conclusion

Bibliographic Information

Title: Refugee Status in Islam Concepts of Protection in Islamic Tradition and International Law

Editors: Arafat Madi Shoukri

Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30, Nov 2010)

Language: English

Length: 216 pages

ISBN: 9781848853904

Pub. Date: November 30, 2010

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