International Relations and Human Rights in Islam

The world has changed dramatically in the past two centuries with advances in International Relations and an end to perpetually unstable borders. Does this development affect our understanding of jihad and its meaning in today's world?

There have also been radical developments in human rights across the globe with the world's nations converging on some basic expectations for human rights, as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Islam safeguarded key rights but how do they hold up in today's age and is there room for adaptation? Which standards do we opt for, if forced to make a choice?

Join Mubashir Khan on a clear and detailed journey through these and many other questions.


ISB's Classical to Contemporary Curriculum

This ambitious curriculum journeys through profound ideas on the questions of our time: exploring how we should define our understanding and priorities to best fulfil our purpose. At various points the curriculum will examine our attitudes, fiqh, culture and language in relation of our context today.

Students can expect to develop a deep understanding of our faith, society, culture and greater confidence in how to live our faith naturally and positively, with relevance to our modern lives, here in the West.

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Course Details

Islam and International Relations - Does Jihad mean perpetual warfare?
With Mubashir Khan

  • What is the real meaning of Jihad ?
  • Do Islamic teachings advocate the separation of the world into just two spheres: Land of Islam and Land of War?
  • Does military jihad mean perpetual war with all nations in order to spread the faith ?
  • What about all the verses in the Quran that advocate peace ?

Continuing the theme of the series “Classical to Contemporary”, in this e-circle we will be taking a look at some classical and contemporary views on the justifications for war.

Islam and the Human rights debate

With Mubashir Khan

Where did the idea of Human Rights come from?

What has been the Muslim response to International Human Rights Declarations?

Are secular, western notions of Human Rights compatible with Islam?

Can the Shariah be changed to accommodate international Human Rights laws?

Continuing the theme of the series “Classical to Contemporary”, in this e-circle, we will be taking a look at some classical and contemporary views on the idea of universal Human Rights.

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Course Instructor - Ustadh Mubashir Khan

Mubashir Khan completed his original bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and worked for some years as an aircraft engineer. He furthered degree-level studies in sociology, philosophy and religions.


He has been a member of the Islamic Society of Britain / Young Muslims for about 30 years. He previously worked in the Training Department of ISB, devising syllabii and was lead researcher for the national Islam Awareness Week for ten years.


Mubashir is active in his local community in Woking and has been involved in teaching and mentoring young people for the last twenty years. A notable contribution is that Ustadh Mubashir has created a mass of detailed notes for study circles which have run continuously for over 8 years. The notes span most key topics but crucially, combine classical knowledge with contemporary considerations . These have helped nurture young people who are confident in their faith but able to lead active lives in the mainstream. This valuable resource is used extensively in ISB.

The rest of the time, Captain Khan can be found flying commercial jets for a leading British airline.

· September 24, 2021
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Course Includes

  • 2 Modules
  • 9 Lessons