The Concepts of War and Peace and Their Comparative Positions in an Islamic Context
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No question has preoccupied the minds of IR scholars more than the issue of war and peace. As one of the most cherished goals in human communities, peace has been the ultimate objective of much, if not all, that has been undertaken in research in International Relations. If any particular paradigm appeared to offer a more viable route to global peace and harmony at any given time, as liberalism did in the West in the immediate aftermath of World War I, it duly received more attention and credit. In the Eastern world too, peace was sought after, though perhaps with an equal, if not greater, emphasis on the precept of justice. Humanity could not, it was claimed, simply accept any peace for the sake of it. There are values for which we are all prepared to breach the peace and go to war, it was argued. The advent of Nazism in Germany and the onset of World War II appeared to legitimise that argument. The peace of Adolf Hitler was imbued with much misery, carnage, racism, massacre, cruelty, oppression and expansionism and could not therefore be tolerated by the rest of the world, including the West. The Quranic verse below appears to narrate this in the context of a wider principle embedded in human discourse:
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