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Questioning Secularism: Islam, Sovereignty, and the Rule of Law in Modern Egypt

Hussein Ali Agrama


The central question of the Arab Spring—what democracies should look like in the deeply religious countries of the Middle East—has developed into a vigorous debate over these nations' secular identities. But what, exactly, is secularism? What has the West's long familiarity with it inevitably obscured? This book tackles these questions. Focusing on the fatwa councils and family law courts of Egypt just prior to the revolution, it delves deeply into the meaning of secularism itself and the ambiguities that lie at its heart. Drawing on a precedent-setting case arising from the family law courts— ... More

Keywords: Arab Spring, Middle East, secular identities, secularism, Egypt, family law courts, Shari'a law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226010687
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226010700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hussein Ali Agrama, author