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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Citizenship

Asem Khalil

Subject(s):
Acquisition of citizenship — Loss of citizenship — Race and ethnicity

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. According to Hannah Arendt (at 81), a citizen ‘is by definition a citizen among citizens of a country among countries. His rights and duties must be defined and limited, not only by those of his fellow citizens, but also by the boundaries of a territory’ ( Bosniak (2000) 448 ; Bosniak (2005) 190) . Such a political understanding of citizenship resonates well with the ancient Greeks. For Aristotle, a man was a political animal and, as a result, being a citizen was natural ( Heater 3–4 ). A citizen is ‘one who participates in the rights of judging and governing’...
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