Hasan al-Turabi: Islamist Politics and Democracy in Sudan

Hasan al-Turabi: Islamist Politics and Democracy in Sudan

by W. J. Berridge


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316632406
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2020
Pages: 365
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

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.

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.

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