The Islamist Trend in Egyptian Law (SWP 2)

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2010
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The past four decades have witnessed profound transformations in the Egyptian legal system and in the Egyptian legal profession. Article two of the Egyptian Constitution now enshrines Islamic jurisprudence as the principle source of law, thus establishing an important symbolic marker at the heart of the state and opening avenues for Islamist activists to press litigation campaigns in the courts. Additionally, the Islamist trend gained prominence within the legal profession, a development that is particularly striking given the long and illustrious history of the Lawyer’s Syndicate as a bastion of liberalism. Despite these significant shifts, however, Islamist litigation has achieved only limited legal victories. This article traces the political and socioeconomic variables that underlie the Islamist trend in Egyptian law, and examines the impact of Islamist litigation in the Egyptian courts.
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Tamir Moustafa homepage http://www.sfu.ca/internationalstudies/moustafa.html
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ISSN 1922-5725
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Final version published in the journal Politics and Religion. Access via publisher website here. Moustafa, Tamir. The Islamist Trend in Egyptian Law, Simons Papers in Security and Development, No.2/2010, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 2010.
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Politics and Religion
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The Islamist Trend in Egyptian Law (SWP 2)
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Simon Fraser University
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2010
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