RN in the Media on Egypt, Islamic law and constitutionalism, Shi`ism


newsReading Egypt. In “Le renversement de Morsi” in the August 2013 issue of L’Orient Littéraire, RN Chairman Chibli Mallat argues that the end of Morsi’s rule —in a similar way to that of Mubarak— was primarily due to the overwhelming size of nonviolent street protests, and only secondarily to the opportunistic intervention of the Egyptian Army. Warning about the army being again a spoiler in the nonviolent nature of the revolutionary process in Egypt, and the need to free the imprisoned leaders and allow nonviolent sit-ins and demonstrations to be carried out unhindered, Mallat concludes that the Middle East Revolutions is a generational phenomenon that will unfold with a number of successes and failures over the coming decade, and that only nonviolence, against the temptation to resort to violence by the military as well as the Islamic movements, will secure the passage to democracy in Egypt and elsewhere.Link to article

Islamic law in the constitution. In an article published by the leading Lebanese daily Nahar 21 July 2013, Chairman Mallat proposes a ‘third way’ to integrate Islamic law in the Constitution, illustrating the new method advocated in articles dealing with human rights and the freedom of religion as an example. The method proposed neither excludes Islamic law altogether nor drowns it in a series of subsequent legal references. Based on his keynote address delivered at the conference International Democracy Standards in an Islamic Context co-chaired by RN in June 2013 in Libya, Mallat notes the need for a serious and substantial scholarly effort to integrate Islamic/Middle Eastern jurisprudence into a modern constitution. This type of genuine work on the higher traditions of Islamic and Middle Eastern law better serves the aspirations of the nonviolent revolutions in the Middle East to form a basis for an unprecedented global Islamic jurisprudence. [Link to article]

Shi`ism and the Middle East search for nonviolence. Kelly Stedem of ShiaWatch published 15 July 2013 a profile-style interview of Chibli Mallat, “The Lawyer of the Cedars.” The interview examines Mallat’s early scholarly work on public intellectual and leader Muhammad Baqer al-Sadr in Iraq, and the defense of the wronged Shi`i community of Iraq by Saddam Hussein in an activism spanning over three decades. Prominent legal action started by Mallat includes the lawsuit against Moammar Ghaddafi on behalf of the family of Imam Musa Sadr, who disappeared during an official visit to Libya in 1978, collaborative efforts beginning in the early 1990s to indict Saddam Hussein, and the case brought in Belgium against Ariel Sharon on behalf of victims of the 1982 massacres in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut. Mallat also discussed RN’s regional work focused on “nonviolence as the exclusive tool to achieve historic change; constitutionalism as the means to institutionalize change within a proper democratic framework and justice for the victims of dictators”. He highlighted recent work of RN including formation and cultivation of a network of youth constitutional advocates from the region, and provision of constitutional expertise to official processes underway in Libya and Yemen. [Link to interview]


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