Islamic Law and the Rule of Law in Light of the Right to Freedom of Expression

Hossein Esmaeili, Irmgard Marboe, Javaid Rehman

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This Final Report is the synthesis of the work of the ILA Committee on Islamic Law and International Law between 2010 and 2018. The 2010 Report provided an overview of
important aspects of Islamic law such as its sources, divine origin of the system, sacredness of certain principles, the principle of Ijtihad, and the relationship between Islamic law and State made law. The 2012 Report focused on the rule of law and the Islamic legal system as well as its perception in Muslim States, especially member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The 2014 Report analysed the relationship of the rule of law with the freedom of expression from Islamic law perspectives, and the 2016 concentrated on challenges and perspectives on Islamic law and the freedom of expression in practice. This Final Report has been put together by the Co-Rapporteurs Hossein Esmaeili, Irmgard Marboe, and Javaid Rehman. The Committee members remain thankful for the generous support and excellent guidance of the Chair of the Committee, His Excellency Judge Awn Al-Khasawneh.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherInternational Law Association
Number of pages49
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Islamic Law
  • International Law
  • Rule of Law
  • Islamic Legal System
  • Freedom of expression
  • Quran
  • Sunna
  • Fiqh


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