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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Robert A. Yelle, and Mateo Taussig-Rubbo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775366

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.001.0001

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Sovereign Power and Secular Indeterminacy

Sovereign Power and Secular Indeterminacy

Is Egypt a Secular or a Religious State?

(p.181) Chapter Nine Sovereign Power and Secular Indeterminacy
After Secular Law

Hussein Ali Agrama

Stanford University Press

Reviewing several recent cases in Egyptian personal law courts, this chapter examines whether Egypt is a secular or a religious state. It argues that some of the conflicts in Egypt that seem to be between Islamic precepts and secular ideals actually arise out of deep-rooted tensions within liberal secularism itself. It suggests that it is the very schematizing of religion by liberal legalism that enables religion to serve as a vehicle for illiberal policies. Secular law creates and polices a division and tension between the secular and the religious, and between public and private, that makes conflict inevitable when the very religion it has imagined into being is seen to violate that divide.

Keywords:   Egyptian personal law, liberal secularism, Islamic precepts, liberal legalism, secular law

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