This volume explores the decision by the government of Egypt in the 1970s to constitutionalize Islamic sharīʿa and discusses its impact on Egypt’s constitutional jurisprudence. The author, who is trained in Islamic intellectual history and comparative law, begins by examining the evolution of Sunni Islamic legal theory and describes competing theories of Islamic law that co-exist in modern Egypt. The book then explores how the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt has developed its own approach to interrpreting sharīʿa—one that permits the Court to argue that sharī‘a principles are consistent with international human rights norms. The book concludes with a discussion of the public reception of the Court’s theory. This book will be essential for anyone interested in the evolution of Islamic law, the development of constitutional thought in the Middle East, or the relationship between Islam and human rights.
Clark B. Lombardi, J.D. (1998) Law, Columbia University, Ph.D. (2001) Religion, Columbia University is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. He teaches Islamic, comparative and constitutional law and is an expert in the role of sharīʿa in constitutional jurisprudence.
Anyone interested in Islamic thought; comparative law, comparative constitutionalism, Middle-East politics, human rights—including women’s rights. Also, institutes, think tanks and NGOs studying democratization and human rights.