The Debating Law & Religion Series will present a discussion entitled "Can Turkey or Lebanon be Models for a New Arab Political Order?" between Professor Asli Bâli, Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Professor Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Lunch will be provided.
Little did Bouaziz know that setting himself on fire would spark an uprising that would spread across the Arab World. Like the Phoenix, a new political order is arising from ashes of this fire. Faced with unprecedented challenges, these new governments look to present models in the region to determine what status religion ought to have in their constitutions. Two prominent models, legacies of the Ottoman Empire, are Turkey and Lebanon. Will the Turkish top-down approach of state control shape the new political order, or will the multi-confessional system of Lebanon prevail? Perhaps neither model will be attractive to people willing to break free of precedent and faced with the unique challenges of the twenty-first century, but then the question remains: What will be the role of religious identity and law going forward? Join the Debating Law and Religion Series for its first event of the Spring, and hear from two prominent authorities on the Middle East unravel the complexities of the new Arab political order!