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14 October 2015

The Arab Spring: An Essay on Revolution and Constitutionalism

Antoni Abat i Ninet, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Harvard University have just published a new book entitled, ‘The Arab Spring: An Essay on Revolution and Constitutionalism’ with Edward Elgar Publishing in the Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law series.

Approaching the concept of Islamic constitutionalism from a comparative perspective, this thought-provoking study by Antoni Abat i Ninet and Mark Tushnet uses traditional Western political theory as a lens to develop a framework for analysing the events known as the ‘Arab Spring’. Writing with clarity and insight, the authors place Western and Arabic traditions into a constructive dialogue. They focus on whether we can develop a ‘theory of revolutions’ that helps us understand events occurring at divergent times at geographically separate locations.

Writing with clarity and insight, the authors place Western and Arabic traditions into a constructive dialogue. They focus on whether we can develop a ‘theory of revolutions’ that helps us understand events occurring at divergent times at geographically separate locations. This question is meticulously analysed through the detailed examination of specific developments relevant to the ideas of revolution and constitutionalism in several nations affected by the Arab Spring. Case studies focus on Morocco and Libya as examples of unsuccessful revolutions, as well as Tunisia and Egypt. These lead the authors to consider the nature of constitutionalism itself and the concept of illiberal but non-authoritarian constitutions: a particularly pressing concern given the prominent contemporary discussions of the role of shari’a in post-Arab Spring constitutions.

The Arab Spring will offer new insights to scholars, researchers and students of law and the political sciences, in particular those focusing on theories of revolution, democracy, constitutional law, Islamic constitutionalism and legal theory.

You can get a copy of the book, The Arab Spring: An Essay on Revolution and Constitutionalism, from the Edward Elgar website.