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Debating Islam in Post-Baathist Iraq

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Publication Date: March 2005

Publisher(s): Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Author(s): Nathan Brown

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Topic: Politics (Political status)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Iraq


In the coming months, Iraq's newly elected National Assembly will face the major task of writing a permanent constitution for the country. Two other critical issues--personal status law and a security agreement with the United States--may also be thrust on its shoulders. All three issues are directly related to debates about the role of Islam (and more specifically Islamic law) in post-Baathist Iraq.