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"The divides are not Islam and western society, the divide is between people who have different values. We must promote connections between people who want to contribute to human values. People who share that commitment can collaborate across cultural divides." - Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

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To advance the rationale of scholarship for social change, this blog is devoted to critical examination of the relationship of Islam and the state, as well as the relationship of Sharia and the state. This blog is also concerned with developing practical strategies for the protection of human rights and promotion of democratization in Islamic societies today.

Sudan: Learning from 30 Years of Islamist Revolution, Rule, and Reform

A seminar with Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na‘im, Professor of Law, Emory University Law School. Listen to the Question and Answers here: soundcloud.com/belfercenter/sets/sudan-learning-from-30-years 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

Featured Publications: Islam and the State

Various previously published articles and book chapters written by Dr. An-Na’im will be highlighted in rotation as “Featured Publications” on the homepage, and presented as blog posts, in order to explore and clarify various aspects of the Islamic imperative of a secular state. The articles and book chapters to be rotated in this manner are

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Call to Debate

It is soothing for us when others agree and support our views, but our situation as Global Citizens, calls for proactively seeking to persuade those who disagree with us and to encourage each other to develop and act on specific strategies to address the problematic issues we identify. I am not claiming to know or

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Abdullahi A. An-Na'im
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law
Emory University
1301 Clifton Road Atlanta, Georgia 30322-2770 USA

Email: aannaim [at] emory [dot] edu & futureofsharia [at] gmail [dot] com
Fax: 404-712-8605

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