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Book: Shari’a and Islamism in Sudan: Conflict, Law and Social Transformation

The Book “Shari’a and Islamism in Sudan” is the first monograph trying to give a comprehensive account of the role of the Sharia in the Sudan since more than a decade.

After the 1989 Islamist coup in Sudan, the National Islamic Front under General Omar al-Bashir and Dr. Hasan Turabi attempted to institutionalise, codify and implement Shari’a law throughout the country. However, by 2005, with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending 22 years of civil war, the government agreed to halt its policy of Islamisation in the South. Shari’a and Islamism in Sudan explores how Sudanese society has been transformed by this period of implementation of Islamic Law, and furthermore asks, what are the continuing effects of this policy? And what are the implications of the Peace Agreement for the future of Islamist politics in Sudan and of the country? With data drawn from Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban’s most recent research in the region, this book is a vital and unique examination of the nature of the Sudanese state and society, offering invaluable insight for all those interested in the politics, society, and the future of Sudan and the nature of political Islam.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Shari’a, Islam and Islamism in Sudanese History

Chapter 2: The Ascendance of Islamism, 1983-89

Chapter 3: ‘Be Careful what you ask for’

Chapter 4: Shari’a Courts and Judges in Contemporary Practice

Chapter 5: Demographic Transformation

Chapter 6: Social Transformation

Chapter 7: Comparative cases of Iran, Afghanistan and Nigeria

Chapter 8: Post-Islamism, Future of Shari’a and the Sudanese State.

About the Author

Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban is Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Joint Doctoral Program in Education at Rhode Island College and Adjunct Professor of African Studies at Naval War College. Her research topics cover Islamic law and society, women’s social and legal status in the Muslim world, human rights and cultural relativism, ethics and anthropology and comparative studies in law and society.

Bibliographic Information

Title: Shari’a and Islamism in Sudan: Conflict, Law and Social Transformation

Author: Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

 Language: English

Length: 320 pages

ISBN: 9781848856660

Pub. Date: 29 Jul 2012

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