Popular articles

Vladimir Orlov: “Russia and the United States should resume a comprehensive dialogue on global nuclear proliferation threats” image

On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to Security Index journal.


SECURITY INDEX: In your recent op-ed column, co-authored with Sergey Semenov and published by Kommersant Daily, you stated that “Russia and the United States, as major nuclear-weapo...

Heather A. Conley, Vladimir Orlov, Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky, Cyrus Newlin, Sergey Semenov and Roksana Gabidullina
The Future of U.S.-Russian Arms Control: Principles of Engagement and New Approaches image

As one of its first security policy decisions, the Biden administration agreed to extend the New START Treaty for five years with no conditions.  The New START Treaty represents one of the last remaining vestiges of international arms control architecture and one of the few areas of potentially prod...

Nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia within Vision 2030 Program: Prospects for nuclear energy cooperation and nonproliferation risks image

Saudi Arabia is considered a nuclear “newcomer”. Although Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program dates back to the 1960s, the kingdom has demonstrated significant interest in nuclear energy only over the last decade. The Saudi interest in the peaceful use of nuclear energy is due to several reasons, among w...

All articles


Did you enjoy the article?


  • Affiliation : Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expert
complete list

Weapons of Mass Destruction in Muslim Fatwas

Kamal Gasimov

Beyond diplomatic negotiations, political debates and expert discussions on the WMDs and their role in the world there are other ways and dimensions on thinking on those issues that are extremely rarely addressed as a subject of research. There are doctrinal disputes in the world’s major religions on the very existence of the weapons of mass destruction and their status with regard to the divine order. Doctrinal thinking in that field has become especially notable and developed in Islam, giving birth to a variety of religious behest fatwas dedicated to the issues of WMDs. How does Islam perceive nuclear weapons and other WMDs? How could the existence of the nuclear doomsday machine in the world be accommodated with the wisdom of the Creator? Kamal Gasimov, expert of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan unravels the secrets of Islamic fatwas on the WMDs.

Weapons of Mass Destruction in Muslim Fatwas (full text)


Security Index: A Russian Journal on International Security, Volume 20, Issue 3-4, 2014