Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity

ISBN : 9780199759880

Rainer Grote; Tilmann J. Roder
768 Pages
187 x 258 mm
Pub date
Feb 2012
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Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity examines the question of whether something similar to an "Islamic constitutionalism" has emerged out of the political and constitutional upheaval witnessed in many parts of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and Southern Asia in order to identify its defining features and to assess the challenges it poses to established concepts of constitutionalism. This book offers an integrated analysis of the constitutional experience of Islamic countries, drawing on the methods and insights of comparative constitutional law, Islamic law, international law and legal history. European and United States experiences are used as points of reference against which the peculiar challenges, and the specific answers given to those challenges in the countries surveyed, can be assessed. Whether these concepts can be applied successfully to the often grim political and social realities of their countries will provide invaluable insights into whether such a fusion can be sustained, and may even pave the way for a new era of constitutionalism in Islamic countries.

About the author: 

Prov.-Doz. Dr. Rainer Grote, LL.M. is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. He worked as a legal adviser in the Department of Legal Affairs of the German Ministry of Foreign Relations in Berlin and taught international law at the University Pantheon-Assas Paris II. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Gottingen. Dr. Tilmann J. Roder is a Head of the Middle East and Central Asia Projects of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. His recent research has focused on Afghanistan, Libya, Israel/Palestine, Iran, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Somalia and Kashmir. He has published essays on the subject of constitution building and he has been involved in an ongoing series of lectures on Law & Development. He holds a law degree from Humboldt University and a doctorate degree from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.

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