HDS 3494

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Democracy, Islam, and Citizens' Rights

Baber Johansen


We will read mainly the secondary literature on the Supreme Constitutional Court's (SCC) decisions. Wherever the recourse to the text of the decisions is not sufficiently guaranteed by this literature, the professor will provide his own translations.The aim of this seminar is to discuss the functions of the SCC as providing judicial guarantees for the obligatory character of the state's promises of rule of law, democracy, and constitution. We will focus (1) on the constitutions of 1971 and 1980 and on the Court's decisions on the role of "the principles of Islamic Law" as the principal source of the national legislation; (2) on the SCC's connection to the Human Rights Movements in Egypt and its defense of the citizens' rights , (3) its relation to other high courts in Egypt and (4) its role in the transformations that tooks place between 2011-2013.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Spring 2015
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None