Topics Status of religious law

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

More information about the CCP’s research design is available here, including background information on how the team designed the inventory of constitutional topics as well as the full coding survey


Religious law and constitutional law interact in complex ways. Constitutions can treat religious law as entirely separate, integrated to some degree, applied in areas where secular law is silent, considered superior, or used as a source or inspiration for secular law.


Culture and Identity


church; repugnancy clause; secular

Survey Questions

  • What is the status of religious law?
  • Is law contrary to religion void (repugnancy clause)?