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Peter Woodward

leading Sudanese Islamist, was born in northern Sudan into the family of a qadi (Islamic judge). His father ensured that from the outset Turabi studied sharia, Islamic law, at the same time that he followed a Western education that was to lead to legal studies at the universities of Khartoum and London and finally to a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris.

The driving force of Turabi s life was his view of the place of Islam in the modern world His views are not to be found in any one work but in a range of writings and lectures many of which are quite generalized in their message Sometimes described as a fundamentalist Turabi was certainly not one who has sought to turn back the clock to the Arabia of the seventh century but one who sought to understand the contemporary role of Islam This involves a good ...