Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Abdullahi Ahmad an-Na‘im, 39, is a leading member of the Republicans (jumhurriyun), a Sudanese Islamic reform movement started by the late Mahmud Muhammad Taha. The Republicans (also known as Republican Brothers) advocate equality for women and for non-Muslims, which challenges head-on the traditional interpretation of Islamic law, or shari‘a. An-Na‘im compares Taha’s reform within Islam to that of Christianity’s Martin Luther.

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Judith Pierce "Sudan’s Republican Brothers," Middle East Report 147 (July/August 1987).
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