In this chapter, Adel Maged investigates the relationship between the law of armed conflict and the Islamic Shari'ah as he contemplates the latter’s impact on military self-interest in accountability. He asserts that Islamic Shari'ah has established sound legal and moral foundations for preventing and punishing core international crimes, through ethical principles of military engagement and norms regarding the conduct of hostilities in times of war. Religious beliefs should thus provide incentives for accountability in the Islamic world. Meanwhile, Maged cautions against extremist groups’ abuses of interpretations of Islamic teachings to justify their atrocities.
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