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<i>Sharia</i> and Basic Human Rights Concerns

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Sharia and Basic Human Rights Concerns

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Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim (SudanUnited States, born 1946) is a legal scholar and human-rights activist. He was until recently head of Africa Watch, a human-rights organization in Washington, D.C. He received law degrees from the University of Khartoum in the Sudan and Cambridge University in England and a doctorate in law from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has taught at law schools in the Sudan, Canada, and the United States. An-Naim's legal training may define his work less than his identity as a prominent follower of Mahmoud Mohamed Taha (see chapter 28), an innovativesome would say heterodoxIslamic reformer, whose work An-Naim has translated into English. He has focused his own contributions on the compatibility of Taha's interpretation of Islam and Western notions of human rights. 1

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