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Tamir Moustafa and Asifa Quraishi-Landes

Paradoxes of "Religious Freedom" in Egypt

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The place of religion in the political order is arguably the most contentious issue in post-Mubarak Egypt. With Islamist-oriented parties controlling over 70 percent of seats in the new People’s Assembly and the constitution-writing process about to begin, liberals and leftists are apprehensive about the implications for Egyptian law and society, including the rights of Egypt’s millions of Coptic Christians. Mindful of these anxieties and pragmatic in its approach, the ...

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 Tamir Moustafa and Asifa Quraishi-Landes


Tamir Moustafa is Associate Professor and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  He is the author of The Struggle for Constitutional Power: Law Politics, and Economic Development in Egypt (Cambridge University Press).

Asifa Quraishi-Landes is assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin where she teaches courses in Islamic Law and U.S. Constitutional Law. She was a 2009 Carnegie Scholar and one of five Public Delegates on the 2010 U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Her published work addresses comparative Islamic and American constitutional theory as well as issues relating to Islamic law and women. She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled Islamic Constitutionalism for the 21st Century: Not Secular. Not Theocratic. Not Impossible.