About the Contributors in:

Cornelis Hulsman, Diana Serodio (Ed.)

The 2014 Egyptian Constitution, page 215 - 216

Perspectives from Egypt

1. Edition 2017, ISBN print: 978-3-8288-3838-3, ISBN online: 978-3-8288-6933-2,

Series: Anwendungsorientierte Religionswissenschaft, vol. 10

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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About the Contributors Cornelis Hulsman occupied leading functions in the Dutch emigration ser vice (1986-1994) and has been a resident in Egypt since 1994. He is the edi tor-in-chief of Arab West Report, a founder of the Center for Intercultural Di alogue and Translation and co-founder of the Center for Arab-West Under standing. Cornelis has written and edited dozens of investigative reports on Muslim/Christian tensions in Egypt. He graduated with a M.A. in Devel opment Sociology from Leiden University in 1984. Diana Serodio is a former researcher at Arab 'West Report with a focus on post-revolutionary political developments. She graduated with a B.A. in Po litical Science and International Relations from Nova University of Lisbon & Institut de Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. She is expected to obtain her M.A. in Sociology from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 2018. Robert A. Forster Robert is a Research Analyst at the University of Edin burgh, an External MENA Analyst for IHS Country Risk, and the former- Deputy Office Manager/Editor at the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation, Cairo. He graduated with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Matthew R. Sparks is editor and head of the database project at the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation, Cairo. He graduated in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Georgetown University, Washington. Joseph T. Coffee Joseph is a former Assistant Editor at the Center for Inter cultural Dialogue and Translation and a regular contributor to Future For eign Policy. His primary focus is security and sociological trends in the Middle East and North Africa region. He graduated cum laude in Interna tional Affairs with a specialty in Global Security Processes from Eastern Washington University (2012). Eildert Heiko Mulder is an Arabist and journalist focused on the Middle East and Islam. Dr. Shirin F. Ibrahim is apathologist and molecular biologist who contrib uted to Egypt's Constitutions of 2012 and 2014. Prof. Dr. Ayman Salama is Honorary Professor in International Law at the International Institute of Human Rights at DePaul University in the USA and an expert of constitutional law. 215 Eva Ritt is assistant of Prof. Dr. Wolfram Reiss at the University of Vienna. Matthew Anderson is a doctoral candidate in Christian-Muslim relations at Georgetown University. 216

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After President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011, discussions followed immediately regarding the revision of the Egyptian Constitution. Islamist political groups insisted that Parliamentary and Presidential elections should precede the formation of a new Constitution, aiming to use their momentum to gain the upper hand in the Constitutional Assembly. Non-Islamists believed that representatives from all layers of society must first formulate a new Constitution before elections should be held. Out of this struggle emerged the 2012 Constitution, a document deeply influenced by Islamist political ideas and goals. Dissatisfied with the proceedings, the non-Islamists walked out of the Constitutional Assembly before the Constitution was finalized. In attempts to reconcile the alienated non-Islamist factions, and heal a divided Egyptian society, the Egyptian Constitution of 2014 was created. All efforts were made to avoid a similar walk-out from Islamist factions. Various political actors were interviewed during, and shortly after the 2014 constitutional formation process. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the discussions and debates surrounding the formation of the 2014 Constitution. This book follows and complements the previous books in the series on recent religious and political developments in Egypt, in particular Vol. 3 The Sharia as the Main Source of Legislation? (2012), Vol. 8 Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood 2011-2013 (2016), Vol. 9 From Ruling to Opposition 2011-2013 (2017).