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KITAAB AL-SIYAR AL-SAGHIR – Muslim Int’l Law

The author, al-Shaybani (749-804AD), enunciated the rules of belligerency for Muslims, in that the fighters for the sake of faith and religion are not allowed to kill women, children, aged persons, invalids, paralytics, monks and hermits, and other non-belligerents on the warring side, and that the killing of hostages is strictly forbidden.

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