عنوان مقاله [English]
Theories and theorizing in the discipline of international relations have always faced with ups and downs in a way that in this field of study, there is diversity of opinions. With the emergence of critical approaches in international relations studies and the need to understand the existing international order and offering the desirable model of international order, the importance of introducing normative theories were felt. In this direction the efforts of international relations scholars in different parts of the world for providing indigenous theories of international relations are noteworthy. Islam by having universal principles favorable for realization international justice and international order has attracted the attention of scholars. The question raised by the present article is, “Can Islam offer a normative theory of international relations?” The assumption is that Islam by its comprehensive principles has the potentials of being an alternative normative-Islamic theory of international relations. In Islamic theory of international relations attention to order is pre-condition of international social life and the main path of for reaching international justice. In fact, Islamic theory of international relations considers the existing international order as inconsistent with ideal order. The present paper wants to examine the dimensions of four principles of Islam (rule of invitation and Jihad, revolt against oppression, domination of infidel over Muslims, dignity and sovereignty of Islamic faith) and their connection with the important issues of international relations. The methodology used in the paper is descriptive-analytical.