Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism:
How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies?
Cases from the Middle East
In the Middle East today, conflicts along religious and ethnic dimensions create situations in which minorities are in great danger. It is important to look at how constitutions and their supporting institutions can protect religious pluralism and toleration in mixed or divided societies. What are the constitutional arrangements that are the most successful in ensuring minority rights? How can constitutions deal with the tensions between individual and communal rights? What can we harness from local social, political and cultural traditions in various Middle East and North African cultures to aid the development of constitutions that promote pluralism?
Opening remarks by:
Karen Barkey, Columbia University
Giancarlo Bosetti, co-founder of Reset-DoC
Asli Bali (UCLA)
Abdullahi An-Na’im (Emory)
Marc Lynch (GWU)
Seyla Benhabib (Yale)
Jean Cohen (Columbia)
Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)
Michael Walzer (Princeton)
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