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By Ran Hirschl

At the intersection of 2 sweeping worldwide trends―the upward thrust of renowned help for rules of theocratic governance and the unfold of constitutionalism and judicial review―a new criminal order has emerged: constitutional theocracy. It enshrines faith and its interlocutors as “a” or “the” resource of laws, and while adheres to center beliefs and practices of contemporary constitutionalism. a distinct hybrid of it seems that conflicting worldviews, values, and pursuits, constitutional theocracies therefore provide an incredible setting―a “living laboratory” because it were―for learning constitutional legislation as a kind of politics via different skill. during this ebook, Ran Hirschl undertakes a rigorous comparative research of religion-and-state jurisprudence from dozens of nations world wide to discover the evolving function of constitutional legislations and courts in a non-secularist world.

Counterintuitively, Hirschl argues that the constitutional enshrinement of faith is a rational, prudent technique that permits competitors of theocratic governance to speak the non secular speak with no jogging so much of what they regard as theocracy’s unappealing, high priced stroll. a number of the jurisdictional, enforcement, and cooptation merits that gave non secular criminal regimes an aspect within the pre-modern period, at the moment are assisting the fashionable kingdom and its legislation in its attempt to comprise faith. The “constitutional” in a constitutional theocracy therefore fulfills an identical proscribing functionality it consists of out in a constitutional democracy: it brings theocratic governance below money and assigns to constitutional legislations and courts the duty of a bulwark opposed to the specter of radical religion.

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