"The charter states that the principles of sharia, Islamic law, are the main source of legislation and that Islamic authorities will be consulted on sharia - a source of concern to the Christian minority and others. Mursi's government, which has accused opponents of damaging the economy by prolonging the political upheaval, now faces the tough task of building a broad consensus as it prepares to impose hugely unpopular austerity measures." Daily Star
Someone wrote here on SST that the provision in this constitution that gives the 'ulema of Al-Azhar a decisive voice in legislation to ensure that law conforms to their view of sharia is similar to the political influence of the Catholic Conference of Bishops in the US.
That is incorrect. The conference of bishops may have influence but they have no legal power at all.
Under this new Egyptian constitution, Islamic law will "color" everything that happens in the country. Egypt largely lives on tourism. What will Al-Azhar have to say about tourists drinking in the hotels and cruise boats? What will al-Azhar say about mixed sex bathing in hotel swimming pools as well as women's attire in public?
What will Al-Azhar have to say about current commercial law in Egypt? This law code is largely European and it allows for commercial finance that allows the use of contracts that pay interest. Such interest is considered usury in sharia law. Will Al-Azhar demand a revision of Egyptian commercial law? Saud Arabia has a non-Western commercial banking system, but the change would be a mghty "wrench" on the Egyptian economy.
This is all foolishness. pl