Associated Initiative

Can the Islamic Shari`a Be Constitutionalized?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Nathan J. Brown

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 South Gregory Urbana

Event Description

Many states in predominantly Muslim societies have written constitutions that go beyond proclaiming Islam the official religion to promising some role for Islamic law in the constitutional order.  Such clauses seem to mix law of divine origin with that of human origin.  Why are such clauses inserted and what is their real effect?
Additional support: Center for African Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Nathan J. Brown

Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University