n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Islam and human rights : African voices for reformation




Islam and human rights are often seen as contradictions. This article analyses three books written by three African Muslim scholar-activists calling for a dramatic reformation of Islam with regard to issues of human rights. Mahmoud Mohamed Taha and Abdullahi Ahmed an-Na'im are from the Sudan and Farid Esack is from South Africa. Taha and an-Na'im place themselves within the modernist tradition of Islam, whereas Esack regards himself as a radical Muslim inspired by Christian liberation and pluralist theologies. All three of them are developing their views from the Qur'?n by using other methods of interpretation than the traditional ones.


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