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Writing A Constitution: Constitutional Debates In Syria In The Mandate Period

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The events of recent years in Syria indicate, it would seem, the need to reexamine a number of conventional assumptions about the intellectual history of this state. There are many starting points from which one could begin such a reexamination. One of them is the constitutional experiment experienced by Syria soon after its establishment, when this state was granted a constitution. This constitution contributed a great deal to the formation of the political systems and political life in Syria for many years, and it gave expression to liberal attitudes, echoes of which could be heard in Syria in recent years. The writing of constitutions in Syria at the end of the 1920s had less of an impact than might have been expected on the path this state took from then onwards. The constitution was suspended for long periods of time just at formative periods in the constitutional life of Syria.

Keywords: constitutional life; political life; Syria



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