Since Samuel Huntington's book, Clash of Civlizations and September 11, there have been tremendous interest on the subject of Islam whether in a positive or negative context.
It has become fashionable to associate Islam with violence or extremism and the most important symbolism today is terrorism of non-state actors like AlQaeda and latest, Daesh.
This imagery is the overwhelming trajectory of Islam and Muslims. This has motivated me to undertake a project of Islam and Diplomacy. When I started talking about it, I received very unfavorable response of either total disinterest or there is no such thing as Islamic diplomacy because of the bifurcation of of the subject into Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb.
Is there then no diplomacy and relations between Muslim and non-Muslim states. I then venture doing the research from the Quran, the Sunnah, work from the traditional and contemporary scholars.
I dislike the idea that the teachings of Islam and the Sunnah made us in a constant state of conflict. Human beings by nature can and often get into conflicts. For that reason, diplomacy is used to settle disputes or prevent conflicts from happening.
The traditions of the Prophet (PBUH) and the holy Quran is full of examples of calls for diplomacy through negotiation, compromise, the agency of special envoys to Muslim & non-Muslim states. It is going to be a challenging journey of learning from the past and present.
FBSHApost@2 February 2017