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I. Every consolidated social system relies on an order (II) by which it ensures its existence and regulates its procedures of self-government. The details of the order document normative elements defined either empirically and extra-juristically, or juristically. The history of the concept since antiquity reflects its course of development into the dominant modern juridical understanding of constitution. Three elements overlap in the concept of a constitution: 1. status and composition, 2…

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Mohnhaupt, Heinz, “Constitution”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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