Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy
Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy, Cambridge University Press, 2017, Forthcoming
29 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2016 Last revised: 15 Dec 2016
Date Written: November 19, 2016
This is the introduction chapter of Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017). The edited volume explores the particular challenge of crafting a democratic constitution under conditions of deep disagreement over a state’s religious or secular identity. As tensions over religion–state relations are gaining increasing salience in constitution writing and re-writing around the world, the book provides a comparative outlook on questions such as what role do and should constitutions play in mitigating intense disagreements over the religious character of a state? And what kind of constitutional solutions might reconcile democracy with the type of religious demands raised in contemporary democratizing or democratic states? The book addresses these questions by analysing a broad range of relevant case studies of past and current constitutional debates in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and offers valuable lessons for societies soon to embark on constitution-drafting or amendment processes where religion is an issue of contention.
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