The Arab- Islamic legal term hudna, Arabic هدنة, DMG hudna, ie as much as truce. In Islamic law (Sharia ), a hudna is the only form of peaceful coexistence between the area ( "house" ) of Islam ( Dar al -Islam ) and not under Islamic dominion ( " House of War ," Dar al - Harb ) since a peace between the two areas in the classical Islamic legal thought is impossible.

A hudna could be concluded if this was in the interest of the Muslims and in particular, when a military inferiority of the Muslim army consisted. The duration of such a contract was not unanimously defined in the law schools. Of the Hanafi aside such a contract was allowed after each law school have only temporary effect.

The completion of a hudna is to be made by the Imam, but can also be delegated.

A historic example of a hudna is the peace of iron castle.

In the Middle East conflict was proposed by the Hamas repeated the conclusion of a hudna as a concession to Israel, as the strictly Islamic Hamas a regular treaty of peace was impossible. Sharia allows only a truce with non-Muslims, but no peace treaty. However, one can extend the ceasefire if necessary.


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