|Date:||June 20, 2012||Time:||3:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Speaker(s):||Dr. Arskal Salim
University of Western Sydney, Australia
|Venue:||Middle East Institute (Seminar Room)
Tower Block Level 2, Bukit Timah Campus
National University of Singapore
469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
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The unprecedented and contagious revolutionary movements in the current Arab world have wondered many as to whether this so-called ‘Arab Spring’ would lead to. Some expressed enthusiasm and optimism, but there also others who do not believe in the bright future of democracy in this part of the world. Both optimism and pessimism are grounded on the way in which political transition transpires in a country
The constitutional revision processes in the aftermath of the collapse of the authoritarian regimes is very important to ensure the successful scenario of the shift from the authoritarian regime to the democratic system. It is surely true that having toppled down a despotic ruler; a democratic state will not automatically be its outcome. If a clear demarcation between authoritarian regime and democratic rule is going to be made, a successfully constitutional reform is necessary.
This seminar addresses the constitutional position of shari`a in three Muslim countries: Indonesia, Tunisia and Egypt. It will explain efforts of Islamic political parties in those countries to have shari`a constitutionally acknowledged or to give it more powerful constitutional status. Having visited Tunis and Cairo last March 2012 and discussed with local stakeholders, the presentation will look at the on-going processes of constitutional revision in Tunisia and Egypt. Finally, it will conclude by offering some comparative remarks.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr Arskal Salim received his PhD in Law from Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Having then been a faculty member at the Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civillisations, London UK, from 2009 to 2012, he will commence his new position at the University of Western Sydney, Australia in July 2012. His publications include: Challenging the Secular State, The Islamization of Laws in Modern Indonesia, Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2008; The Shift in the Zakat Practice in Indonesia: From Piety to an Islamic Socio-Political-Economic System,Thailand: Silkwormbooks; 2008; Shari’a and Politics in Modern Indonesia, Singapore: ISEAS, 2003.