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Can Turkey or Lebanon be Models for a New Arab Political Order?

12:15-1:45 pm
Room 127, Yale Law School


Ali Bali
Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Author of The Perils of Judicial Independence: Constitutional Transition and the Turkish Example (2012) and Pax Arabica?: Provisional Sovereignty and Intervention in the Arab Uprisings (2012)

Bernard Haykel
Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Princeton University
Co-Editor of Complexity and Change in Saudi Arabia (2014) and author of "Western Arabia and Yemen during the Ottoman Period" in The New Cambridge History of Islam (2010)

Little did Bouaziz know that setting himself on fire would spark an uprising that would spread across the Arab World. Like the Phoenix, a new political order is arising from ashes of this fire. Faced with unprecedented challenges, these new governments look to present models in the region to determine what status religion ought to have in their constitutions. Two prominent models, legacies of the Ottoman Empire, are Turkey and Lebanon. Will the Turkish top-down approach of state control shape the new political order, or will the multi-confessional system of Lebanon prevail? Perhaps neither model will be attractive to people willing to break free of precedent and faced with the unique challenges of the twenty-first century, but then the question remains: What will be the role of religious identity and law going forward? Join the Debating Law and Religion Series for its first event of the spring, and hear from two prominent authorities on the Middle East who will unravel the complexities of the new Arab political order!