Refugee Law in Islam
Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 1-18, August 2011
22 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2011 Last revised: 14 May 2015
Date Written: April 3, 2011
This paper focuses on the role of Islamic tradition of hijrah and aman and the law and practice relating to forced migration and to refugee protection in the Muslim world. It concludes that there is contradiction between the Islamic tradition of hijrah and aman and the law and practice relating to forced migration and to refugees in the Muslim world. The rich heritage of Islam in the field of migration law and refugee protection has been abandoned throughout the Muslim world today. In the past, Islam made a great contribution to the humanization of internal and international relations in the Muslim world. It could play this role even today and could prompt a much-needed humanization of some branches of international law. Given the current importance of this issue, Muslim states must urgently need to revive the Islamic concepts of hijrah, aman, asylum in order to contribute to the improvement of modern refugee law, and to make it more protective for refugees and forced migrants in general.
Keywords: refugee law in Islam, hijrah and aman, asylum and Islam, international refugee law, refugee protection in Islam
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