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date: 23 October 2019

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This article examines the historical role that Islamic law has played in the Turkish Republic. It first considers multifaceted trends in scholarship on Islamic law in Republican Turkey before turning to the problem, if any, that Islamic law poses in the country with respect to the constitution and constitutional law. It then traces the formality of Islamic law in Turkey to the legacy of the Ottoman Empire and the persistent rejection or repudiation of Islamic law by the Turkish parliament and judiciary as part of the country’s secularism and republicanism. It also analyzes distinctive Republican interpretations of Islamic law and concludes by highlighting the dynamic presence of ?eriat in Turkey’s political and legal landscape.

Keywords: Islamic law, Turkish Republic, Turkey, constitution, constitutional law, Ottoman Empire, secularism, republicanism, şeriat

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