Constitutional Design in the Muslim World I
This year-long seminar will study the social, cultural, religious, and historical aspects of constitutional design in the Muslim world, including countries such as Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Early classes will focus on classic jurisprudential debates-what is a constitution and what is its purpose-and will provide background on various forms of constitutionalism in general and in the Muslim world in particular. After these introductory sessions, classes will take on the nature of a colloquium: Invited speakers will present papers contextualizing constitutional design by drawing on deep knowledge of individual countries. Invited commentators will engage with the material and explore the course's broader themes. Students will read these papers in advance, prepare commentaries, and then participate actively in the discussion when the invited speaker comes to class. In the final four weeks of the course, students will present their own substantial papers on a topic related to the themes of the course. Students in this seminar will receive detailed and extensive comments on their writing projects, which will involve a process of three drafts. Professors Delaney and Stilt will assist students in finding appropriate outlets for publication if (as they hope) the final work is of sufficient quality. There is no required textbook for this course. Reading material for the course will be posted to Blackboard and will consist of various articles and book chapters, as well as the specific colloquium papers presented by the invited speakers.
Catalog Number: CONPUB 724