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Sultany, Nimer (2017) Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Constitutional Theory)

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Abstract

What is the effect of revolutions on legal systems? What is the role of constitutions in legitimating regimes? How do constitutions and revolutions converge or clash? Taking the Arab Spring as its case study, this book explores the role of law and constitutions during societal upheavals, and critically evaluates the different trajectories they could follow in a revolutionary setting. The book urges a rethinking of major categories in political, legal, and constitutional theory in light of the Arab Spring. The book is a novel and comprehensive examination of the constitutional order that preceded and followed the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, and Bahrain. It also provides the first thorough discussion of the trials of former regime officials in Egypt and Tunisia. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including an in-depth analysis of recent court rulings in several Arab countries, the book illustrates the contradictory roles of law and constitutions. The book also contrasts the Arab Spring with other revolutionary situations and demonstrates how the Arab Spring provides a laboratory for examining scholarly ideas about revolutions, legitimacy, legality, continuity, popular sovereignty, and constituent power.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
School Research Centres > Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law
ISBN: 9780198768890
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198768890.001.0001
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 07:12
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/24287
Funders: British Academy

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