Africa north of the sahara and arab countries

Fatiha Sahli and Abdelmalek El Ouazzani

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599752
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Africa north of the sahara and arab countries


This chapter argues that the impact of Islam on the contribution of North Africa in the production of the norms of international law has been but relative. It must be associated with another reality, which is that of the relationships between powers and their competition for domination. All through the centuries of coexistence of the Muslim empires and the European nations, their reciprocal relations were guided by war strategies and by the power games that dominated the Mediterranean world. If there is a contribution of the Muslims to international law, it is in the field of the protection of the laws of the persons, particularly in the laws of the Dhimmi, and more precisely in the laws of the religious minorities and the humane treatment of the war prisoners that it could be found.

Keywords: Islam; North Africa; international law; war strategies; Muslim empires; Dhimmi; religious minorities

Article.  10029 words. 

Subjects: Law ; History of Law ; International Law

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