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Iraqi Constitution (1924)
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Iraq, a country created by the British and the League of Nations after World War I, incorporated the three former Ottoman provinces of Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul.  Acceding both to the League of Nations mandate and promises made to the Hashemite Arabs during World War I, the British supervised the institution of a constitutional monarchy under Sunni Arab authority that accommodated the ethnic and religious mosaic of Sunni and Shi’i Muslims, Muslim Kurds, Christians, and Jews that became Iraq.  Passed by Iraq’s parliament in 1924, the constitution mandated freedom of religion, pr…

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Reeva Spector Simon, “Iraqi Constitution (1924)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0011580>
First published online: 2010

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