Arab League

Arab League

Summary of Arab League

An association of independent Arab states formed for the purpose of advancing cooperation among the members in political, economic, and social matters. The league, formed in Cairo in 1945, has a permanent council and secretariat. A principal objective of the league since its formation has been to coalesce opposition to Jewish immigration to Palestine, and subsequently the establishment of Israel. In December 1945 the league proclaimed a boycott of “the products of Jewish industry in Palestine”which is still vigorously enforced virtually throughout the Arab world.

(Main Author: William J. Miller)

Arab League

Arab League, informal name of the League of Arab States, a voluntary association of independent countries whose peoples are mainly Arabic speaking. Its stated purposes are to strengthen ties among the member states, coordinate their policies, and promote their common interests. (1)

In this Section: Arab League, Arab League Membership, Arab League Structure, Arab League History and Arab League Activities.

Definition of Arab League

Within the context of international organizations, the following is a brief meaning of arab league: The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab countries in and around North Africa, the Horn of Africa and Arabia


Provide economic, political, cultural, scientific and social programmes designed to promote the interests of the Arab world

Draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them

Safeguard their independence and sovereignty and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries


on 22 March 1945 in Cairo in Cairo by six members viz. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria


Currently, the League has 22 members including Syria whose participation has been suspended since November 2011.

Arab League

Embracing mainstream international law, this section on arab league explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.


See Also

  • International Organization
  • Foreign Relations
  • Intergovernmental Organization
  • Regional Organization
  • Regional Integration


Further Reading

  • The entry “arab league” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press


See Also

  • International Organization


Notes and References

  1. Encarta Online Encyclopedia

See Also

Arab League Statement on the Boycott of Israel

Hierarchical Display of Arab League

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Geography > Political geography > Arab League countries

Arab League

Concept of Arab League

See the dictionary definition of Arab League.

Characteristics of Arab League

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Translation of Arab League

Thesaurus of Arab League

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See also

  • League of Arab States