Tagged with Constitution

Friday Prayers for Egypt: New Proposals

Friday Prayers for Egypt: New Proposals

God, Egypt is debating significant changes. Give her the wisdom to walk the right path. Some have proposed the constitution be amended to allow the president a six-year term. Others say leave the constitution alone, and implement it. Some have proposed the marriage age be lowered to 16 to legalize longstanding practice. Others say there … Continue reading

Sharia in the Supreme Constitutional Court

Sharia in the Supreme Constitutional Court

From my recent article at Arab West Report, in the series on Egypt’s constitution. This text opens with a consideration of Salafi participation in both the 2012 and 2014 charters, and proceeds then to examine their chief triumph: This article [219 in the 2012 constitution] was quickly scrapped by the new committee, but the [Salafi] … Continue reading

How to Amend the Egyptian Constitution

How to Amend the Egyptian Constitution

From my recent article at Arab West Report, continuing a series on the development of Egypt’s constitution: Following the passage of the 2012 Egyptian constitution in a disputed and divisive referendum, Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad al-Biltājī praised the text and tried to assuage opponents of any flaws it might contain. Calling it a human effort, … Continue reading

The Face of Egypt’s Educational Flaws

The Face of Egypt’s Educational Flaws

From my recent article on Egypt Source: Education in Egypt has long been criticized, a fact recognized by the authors of the new constitution. Articles 19, 21, and 23 oblige the government to spend four percent of its gross national product on public education, two percent on higher education, and one percent on scientific research. … Continue reading

Mervat al-Tellawi: Women’s Rights in the Constitution

Mervat al-Tellawi: Women’s Rights in the Constitution

From my recent article in Arab West Report, continuing a series of interviews with members of the constitutional committee. Mervat al-Tallawi is the head of the National Council for Women. She described that strengthening of articles concerning women’s rights was not difficult, setting right the Islamist tinge from 2012. But Tellawi felt these protections were … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Arguing the Referendum

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Arguing the Referendum

God, The referendum passed, decisively. Turnout was strong, comparatively. The meaning is debated, heatedly. And here the prayers are needed. A few dispute the turnout, which was the key indicator. Supporters of Morsi have claimed only about ten percent of the electorate voted, while unofficial figures of both participation and affirmation supersede the results for … Continue reading