.the unique feature of this book is that it is one of the first, or even the first, which describes the constitutional development in a large variety of Islamic, Middle Eastern countries in a broad comparative perspective, highlighting peculiarities, similarities, and problems of the different legal systems.not only does the compilation give great insight into constitutional development in the region, but it also provides innovative parallels between various constitutional systems, which have scarcely been noticed.hitherto.it is highly advisable for anyone working on the public and constitutional law of the region to read this book. Ramin Moschtaghi European Journal of International Law Vol 20, No 2, April 2009 ...both important and [welcome] because it sheds light on the murky spaces in the constitutionalism discourse and dispels many myths about Islam...By comparing Iran's constitutional experience with that of its neighbor, Afghanistan, Arjomand sharpens our understanding of the central questions of the role and potential of Islam in effecting social change...by insightfully capturing the complexity and challenges of constitution-making in the Middle East, the book lives up to its editor's hope that its topic indeed "deserves the same attention as other salient contemporary trends." Vijayashri Sripati Human Rights Quarterly Vol 30, 2008
About the Author
About the Author:
Said Amir Arjomand is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A former member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, he is the author of The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam, widely praised in the media, and selected by The New Republic as
one of their Best Books for March 1985.