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Hasan al-Turabi

Hasan al-Turabi
Islamist Politics and Democracy in Sudan


  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107180994

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  • Hasan al-Turabi (1932–2016) was seen as one of the most influential figures in modern Sudanese history and politics. This book, based on extensive research and a thorough analysis of al-Turabi's own writings, provides a comprehensive study of the upbringing, ideas and political career of the Islamist intellectual and political leader. Balancing hostile and favourable accounts of al-Turabi, it challenges assumptions of the 'Marxist' or 'Fascist' dynamics underpinning Islamism, arguing that its colonial and post-colonial origins define the nature of Islamism's message. By encouraging readers to move away from generic models and limited readings of Islamism, Willow Berridge opens new and vital research for the understanding of Islamic politics across the Middle East and Africa. It makes for an ideal read for both undergraduate and postgraduate students focusing on the modern Sudanese state, and those challenging core debates on democracy, the Islamic State and Jihad.

    • A full, comprehensive overview of al-Turabi's life and political thought through which the author offers new perspectives on the key concepts of Jihad, democracy and Islamism
    • Applies post-colonial theory to the study of Islamism, allowing readers to move away from 'crypto-Fascist' or 'crypto-Marxist' readings of Islamism, recognising the colonial origins of Islamism
    • Offers a local Islamist narrative, focusing on the specific dynamics of Sudanese government and its relationship with Islamism
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107180994
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: conflicting representations of al-Turabi
    1. Early life and education, 1932–1964
    2. Charisma and its limitations, 1964–1989
    3. Salvation Regime, 1989–1999: 'one-man show'?
    4. Between liberalism and totalitarianism: al-Turabi's Western influences
    5. Reformer or radical? Islamic and Islamist influences
    6. Between global and defensive jihad
    7. The Islamic state: sharia, nationalism and non-Muslim rights
    8. Al-Turabi's Islamist democracy: a valid blueprint?
    9. Champion of the marginalised? The decentralisation strategy
    10. Legacy: Turabism, post-Islamism and neo-fundamentalism.

  • Author

    W. J. Berridge, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    Willow Berridge is a Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her research focuses on the twentieth-century Islamic world, focusing on government and Islamic politics in Sudan. She is the author of Civil Uprisings in Modern Sudan (2015), focusing on her time spent there during the Arab uprisings in 2011.

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