Ran Hirschl


On his book Constitutional Theocracy

Cover Interview of December 19, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Constitutional scripture may be an effective counterpoint to religious scripture.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“At a more abstract level, the key to understanding why constitutionalism may be effective in taming the impact of religious thought lies in the similarity, not the difference, between constitutionalism and religion.”

On the second:

“The constitutional incorporation of religious directives is not done for the pure love of religion. It is a response to fundamentalist threats—and at times even a preemptive move: appropriation of religion to counter fundamentalist threats.”