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Podcast: "Sudan: Learning from 30 Years of Islamist Revolution, Rule, and Reform" with Abdullahi An-Na'im

April 28, 2015

An audio recording from Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Professor of Law, Emory University Law School.

On April 27, 2015 at MEI, Prof. Abdullahi An-Na'im presented his perspective on Sudan’s struggle since Independence from colonial rule in 1956 to reconcile Islam, state and society in the modern context and the teachings of Sudanese Islamic reformer Ustadh Mahmoud Mohamed Taha. 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 this struggle, the reformer Taha may have found a way forward. Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im discussed Sudan’s tumultuous history and Ustadh Taha’s life and work in response to the question: what can contemporary Muslim-majority countries glean from Sudan’s experience?

Below, find a timeline of Sudan's political history for reference on specific dates and events referenced by Prof. An-Na'im throughout the talk.

Listen to the full recording of the April 27, 2015 event here:

Please note: the playlist above includes the full talk given by Dr. An-Na'im, followed by tracks for each answer given by Dr. An-Na'im in the Q&A. The title of each track summarizes the question asked and full transcripts of each question are available in the description section of each track on the Belfer Center SoundCloud website, which you can access by clicking the playlist title at the bottom of the player, or the track title or HKS shield icon at the top of the player.

Click here to view photos on the Belfer Center Flickr page.

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).

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For Academic Citation:Podcast: "Sudan: Learning from 30 Years of Islamist Revolution, Rule, and Reform" with Abdullahi An-Na'im.” News, , April 28, 2015.