Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na''im was born in the Sudan, is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at the Emory Law School (USA). A scholar of international standing on Islam and human rights from an inter-cultural perspective, he holds courses on international law, comparative constitutional law and human rights, and religion and human rights. His research interests include secularity, constitutionalism and citizenship in Islamic societies, and constitutionalism in African countries.
Interview with Abdullahi Ahmed an-Na‘im, by Andrea Pin
A conversation with Abdullahi Ahmed an-Na‘im, a Sudanese, a lecturer in the United States of America, a disciple of the great reformist thinker Muhammad Taha, who was executed in Khartoum in 1985. ‘Universality must be built through the idea of progressive consensus. The use of brute force must be avoided.’
Voices from Islam /3. The aspiration to achieve a pure Islamic state in which shari'ah is perfectly applied is still present today amongst a large part of Muslim opinion; indeed, those who are opposed to this are considered apostates. But there is a major paradox that should be bought out.