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Public international law principles: an Islamic Sufi approach – Part I

Bijan Bidabad (School of Sciences and Research, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Publication date: 15 November 2011



Many laws have been derived from the religions' legislations and lots of them have not the capability of uniqueness and publicity, due to variety of reasons, especially at the level of countries. But the spirit of legislations is the same and unique in all religions and it is the Tariqah (Sufi path), Sufism, mysticism and ethical beliefs that have been stable and unchangeable for millennia, and wisdom has accepted and accepts them in all times and locations. Thus, if the international public law to be defined and designed upon the base of the unique religions' spirit, we will reach to a unique law with most publicity. The purpose of this paper is to survey the subjects of Islamic public international law, and extend Islamic jurisprudence decisions from a theosophical point of view over the field of international law.


The paper explores the foundation of public international law from the theosophy approach of Islamic Sufism and mysticism.


By raising 38 principles, the author proposes basic principles of important public international law subjects to prepare a backbone for recompilation of new law in this subject matter.

Research limitations/implications

Comparative researches in other religions' gnosticism will be helpful.

Social implications

Delicateness, truthfulness, and righteousness of Islamic Sufism, may turn the attentions of scholars and researchers to this viewpoint, and a new set of laws to be codified.


Public international law scholars have not touched the topic from a Sufi viewpoint. This paper opens new challenging arena.



Bidabad, B. (2011), "Public international law principles: an Islamic Sufi approach – Part I", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 53 No. 6, pp. 393-412.



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