Relationship between law and religion in both the Western and Middle Eastern context; Middle East politics; North Africa; Islamic constitutional thought.
Professor, Harvard Law School (2007-present); Professor, New York University School of Law (2001-2007); Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (2004-2005); Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School (2004-2005); Senior Adviser for Constitutional Law, Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq (2003); Law Clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1998-99); Law Clerk to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1997-98).
In this book, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Noah Feldman provides a sweeping history of the traditional Islamic constitution—its noble beginnings, its downfall, and the renewed promise it could hold for Muslims and Westerners alike. Teaching notes by the author.
Noah Feldman discusses the need for a balance between secrecy and transparency in the U.S. government. He explains, "The effective operation of even the most democratic government requires secrecy and surprise as well as transparency and predictability."
Noah Feldman writes that "it is becoming increasingly clear that the defining constitutional problem for the present generation will be the nature of the relationship of the United States to what is somewhat optimistically called the international order."
Listen to Noah Feldman, adjunct senior fellow at CFR and professor of law at Harvard Law School, discuss his new book, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series.
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