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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy

Edited by: Asli U. Bali, Hanna Lerner

ISBN13: 9781107070516
To be Published: November 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99

What role do and should constitutions play in mitigating intense disagreements over the religious character of a state? And what kind of constitutional solutions might reconcile democracy with the type of religious demands raised in contemporary democratising or democratic states? Tensions over religion-state relations are gaining increasing salience in constitution writing and rewriting around the world.

This book explores the challenge of crafting a democratic constitution under conditions of deep disagreement over a state's religious or secular identity. It draws on a broad range of relevant case studies of past and current constitutional debates in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and offers valuable lessons for societies soon to embark on constitution drafting or amendment processes where religion is an issue of contention.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
1. Introduction Asli U. Bali and Hanna Lerner

Part I. Constitution Writing and Religion under Limited Sovereignty:
2. The curious case of religion in the Norwegian Constitution John Madeley
3. Religion and the Japanese Constitution Helen Hardacre
4. Constitution making and religion in West Germany in the shadow of state failure Tine Stein

Part II. Post-Colonial French-Influenced Constitution Writing and Religion:
5. Secularism in a sectarian society: the divisive drafting of the 1926 Lebanese Constitution Mark Farha
6. The constitution of a 'laic' African and Muslim country: Senegal Soulaymane Bachir Diagne
7. Constitution writing and religious divisions in Turkey Ergun Ozbudun

Part III. Post-Colonial South Asian Constitution Drafting and Religion:
8. Constitutionalism, Islamic law, and religious freedom in post-independent Indonesia Mirjam Kunkler
9. Cross-cutting rifts in constitutions and minority rights: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Shylashri Shankar
10. Islamic law in an Islamic republic: what role for parliament? Matthew Nelson

Part IV. Constitution Writing and Religion in the Contemporary Middle East:
11. Constitutional impasse, democracy and religion in Israel Hanna Lerner
12. Islam and constitutionalism in the Arab world: the puzzling course of Islamic inflation Nathan Brown
13. The politics of sacred paralysis: Islam in recent Moroccan and North African constitutions David Mednicoff
14. Dancing by the cliff: constitution writing in post-revolutionary Tunisia, 2011-2014 Nadia Marzouki

Part V. Lessons from the Cases:
15. Designing constitutions in religiously divided societies Asli U. Bali and Hanna Lerner.