Islam's Perfect Stranger: The Life of Mahmud Muhammad Taha, Muslim Reformer of Sudan

Islam's Perfect Stranger: The Life of Mahmud Muhammad Taha, Muslim Reformer of Sudan

by Edward Thomas

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Can Sudan, one of Africa's most diverse countries, function as an Islamic state? Mahmud Muhammad Taha posed an original answer to this question. Taha was the charismatic leader of the 'Republican Brothers and Sisters', a small group of Sudanese nationalists who called for a mystical, inclusive reinterpretation of Islam that ended traditional legal discriminations against women and non-Muslims. Taha's followers pitched his sometimes controversial mix of law and mysticism on Sudanese street corners in the 1970s. Sudanese Islamist politicians, who used a more divisive interpretation of Islam, opposed him vigorously. When they gained control of the state in the chaotic 1980s, Taha was executed. In Taha's first biography, Edward Thomas explores the life and ideas of an important Sudanese reformer who has become a symbol for resistance, tolerance and human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786734952
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Series: International Library of African Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 637 KB

About the Author

Edward Thomas completed his PhD at Edinburgh University. He has worked in the Middle East and Sudan for the last 10 years. He is currently Child Protection Adviser for UNMIS in Sudan.
Edward Thomas has lived and worked in Sudan and South Sudan for over eight years. He worked as a teacher, researcher and human rights worker for Sudanese and international organizations. Over the past five years, he has written numerous books, reports and articles about South Sudan and its neighbours.

Table of Contents

1. Remembering Childhood
2. Sudan from 1500-1900
3. Escaping the Village Shop
4. Training an Effendi
5. Starting Work and Getting Married
6. The Republican Party
7. Taking the Lift to the Fields of Heaven
8. Giving Up Abstinence
9. Independence for the Elite
10. Battle Lines
11. Glorious October

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