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The Second Message of Islam

Mahmoud Mohamed Taha

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  The Second Message of Islam

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Mahmoud Mohamed Taha (Sudan, circa 19101985) received his university degree in Khartoum, Sudan, and worked for many years as a civil engineer, specializing in irrigation. At the same time, he was active in the Sudanese independence movement. In 1945, he helped to found the Republican Party and then spent several years in jail as a result of his activism. After independence, his followers founded the Republican Brothers, which Taha led until his execution in 1985. The founding document of this organization, first drafted in the early 1950s and published in 1967excerpted herepresents Taha's unorthodox view that the earlier Qur'anic revelations (revealed in Mecca before the Prophet gained political power) should be granted greater importance than the later revelations, which refer more narrowly to the conditions of the Prophet's rule in Medina. This view brought Taha into conflict with the Sudanese government's implementation of more orthodox Islamic laws in the 1980s. His protest against these policies led to his arrest and execution. 1

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