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Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity$
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Rainer Grote and Tilmann Röder

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199759880.001.0001

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Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity

Rainer Grote

Tilmann Röder

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief history of constitution-making and constitutional reform in the Islamic world. It then describes the emergence of a new constitutional era in the Middle East and beyond following World War II, and the two trends that characterized the early post-independence period in most Islamic countries, which were also reflected in the new constitutions: nationalism and secularism. It also discusses the development of Islamic constitutionalism in various Islamic countries. The chapter then sets out the book's purpose, which is to analyze the impact of the rise of political Islam on the development of key constitutional concepts in Islamic countries, and the extent to which the notion of constitutionalism has been transformed in these countries as a result. This is followed by an overview of the five parts of the book.

Keywords:   Islamic world, constitution-making, constitutional reform, Middle East, constitutionalism, political Islam

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