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Month: September 2012

The politics of sharia in modern Egypt

An audio recording of a lecture delivered at the University of Amsterdam on September 13, 2012

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Drafting constitutions

Published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs on September 4, 2012 A TV show recently invited me to talk about the history of Egyptian constitutions, and the lessons we can draw from this history in our efforts to draft a new constitution. I was immediately struck by how little I knew. We were taught nothing about our constitutional rights in civics classes in school, and our history classes stressed the victories of our nation rather than our rights as citizens. So, I have been struggling to catch up. I learned from a colleague, for example, that the so-called liberal…

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