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Questioning SecularismIslam, Sovereignty, and the Rule of Law in Modern Egypt$
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Hussein Ali Agrama

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226010687

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226010700.001.0001

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Law's Suspicion

Law's Suspicion

(p.130) Chapter Four Law's Suspicion
Questioning Secularism

Hussein Ali Agrama

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the forms that suspicion takes in the courts and through legislation, and its broader consequences for the authority of the rule of law as well as those religious concepts and practices that have been subsumed under it. Modern legal conditions are indispensable to secularism as a problem-space, and thus as a power that works through the activity of critical questioning that it facilitates. The chapter highlights two findings: (i) that critical questioning goes hand in hand with the assertion of sovereign capacity into broader and more intimate domains of everyday life; and (ii) it becomes impossible to determine whether that sovereign power is secular or religious in character.

Keywords:   suspicion, courts, legislation, rule of law, secularism, legal authority

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