Debating Islam in Post-Baathist Iraq

Publication Date: March 2005

Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Author(s): Nathan Brown

Research Area: Politics

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.