Start Date

25-4-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

25-4-2022 12:00 PM

Disciplines

History | History of Religion | Islamic World and Near East History

Subjects

Islamic law - Philosophy, Islam and politics, Religion and law

Abstract

In contemporary society there has seen a gradual shift in the politics of the Muslim world toward more democratic constitutions. This shift can be seen in the aftermath of successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt during the Arab Spring as well as isolated cases in other countries. The change echoes those that resulted from the Protestant Reformation’s challenge of the Catholic Church’s authority in 16th century European politics. By looking at the ideas of early constitutionalism in Europe that supported liberalism, it is possible to compare those with the goals of constitutions of new Muslim democracies. Though in many cases the shift towards a liberal constitution involves secular reform, the case of Nigeria shows that Sharia can also be used within the constitution to guarantee personal freedoms.

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© 2022 Adrian N Vasquez

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37622

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Apr 25th, 9:00 AM Apr 25th, 12:00 PM

Qur’an and Constitutions: Sharia in Modern Muslim Democracies

In contemporary society there has seen a gradual shift in the politics of the Muslim world toward more democratic constitutions. This shift can be seen in the aftermath of successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt during the Arab Spring as well as isolated cases in other countries. The change echoes those that resulted from the Protestant Reformation’s challenge of the Catholic Church’s authority in 16th century European politics. By looking at the ideas of early constitutionalism in Europe that supported liberalism, it is possible to compare those with the goals of constitutions of new Muslim democracies. Though in many cases the shift towards a liberal constitution involves secular reform, the case of Nigeria shows that Sharia can also be used within the constitution to guarantee personal freedoms.