African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

By Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Constitutionalism is progressively turning into the everyday kind of governance in Africa. yet how does constitutionalism take care of the lingering results of colonialism? and the way does constitutional legislation take care of Islamic ideas within the zone? African Constitutionalism and the position of Islam seeks to reply to those questions. Constitutional governance has now not been, nor could be, simply accomplished, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im argues. yet setbacks and problems are to be anticipated within the strategy of version and indigenization of an basically alien concept—that of of nation-state—and its position in large-scale political and social organization.

An-Na'im discusses the issues of imposing constitutionalized sorts of govt particular to Africa, from definitional to conceptual and functional matters. The function of Islam in those endeavors is open to problem and reformulation, and shouldn't be taken with no consideration or assumed to be inevitably unfavourable or confident, An-Na'im asserts, and he emphasizes the function of the corporation of Muslims within the strategy of adapting constitutionalism to the values and practices in their personal societies. via analyzing the incremental successes that a few African international locations have already completed and An-Na'im unearths the contingent position that Islam has to play during this approach. eventually, those concerns will ensure the long term sustainability of constitutionalism in Africa.

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