Should Muslims Argue Exceptionalism/Particularism in International Law?
6 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2018 Last revised: 1 May 2018
Date Written: February 8, 2018
This mini-paper takes context of a Muslim mind in the current discourse of (Western) Universalism versus Exceptionalism/Particularism in international law. Typically an international human rights discussion is at the center of this. I observe that most Muslim international law scholars with righteous aqeedah choose to argue Exceptionalism/Particularism. I argue that, while they may be righteous in their intentions, but the Exceptionalism/Particularism argument is actually founded and leads to an unislamic road. It is my contention that there is a third path, and that this is the true path that a Muslim international law scholar must take at least as a long term path. It is my hope that this short mini-paper can open up a new discussion on the matter.
Keywords: Islamic Law, Aqeedah, International Law, Universalism, Exceptionalism, Particularism
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