A seminar with Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na‘im, Professor of Law, Emory University Law School.

Over thirty years ago Islamist revolutionaries attempted to remake Sudanese society using state power to enforce Sharia, resulting in protracted civil strife and corrupt governance. Amidst Sudan’s struggle to reconcile Islam, state and society in the modern context, the Sudanese Islamic reformer Ustadh Mahmoud Mohamed Taha may have found a way forward. Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im will draw lessons from Sudan’s tumultuous history and Ustadh Taha’s life and work to ask: what can contemporary Muslim-majority countries glean from Sudan’s experience?

About Abdullahi An-Na`im:

Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na‘im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, and Associated Professor in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and Faculty Fellow of Center for Ethics, Emory University. He is the author of What is an American Muslim (2014); Muslims and Global Justice (2011); Islam and the Secular State (2008); African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam (2006); and Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil liberties, human rights and international law (1990). His edited books include Human Rights under African Constitutions (2003); Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book (2002); Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa (2002); and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Quest for consensus (1992).