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Suicide attacks and Islamic law

31-03-2008 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 869, by Muhammad Munir

Suicide attacks are a recurrent feature of many conflicts. Whereas warfare heroism and martyrdom are allowed in certain circumstances in times of war, a suicide bomber might be committing at least five crimes according to Islamic law. The author examines such attacks from an Islamic jus in bello perspective.

   

Muhammad Munir is Assistant Professor of Law at the Department of Law, International Islamic University, Islamabad. 
 
Abstract 
Suicide attacks are a recurrent feature of many conflicts. Whereas warfare heroism and martyrdom are allowed in certain circumstances in times of war, a suicide bomber might be committing at least five crimes according to Islamic law, namely killing civilians, mutilating their bodies, violating the trust of enemy soldiers and civilians, committing suicide and destroying civilian objects or properties. The author examines such attacks from an Islamic jus in bello perspective.

   
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