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Hasan al-Turabi and Contemporary Islam

[Hassan Al-Turab. Image via Wikipedia]

The passing of Dr. Hasan al-Turabi on 5 March 2016 marks the ending of important eras in Muslim political and ideological history. He is hailed by some as a significant articulator of necessary Muslim intellectual renewal and vigorously opposed by others who see him as important in shaping authoritarian dimensions of what many identify as Political Islam. His long career as both a political activist and a modernist religious intellectual reflected and shaped major trends in the Muslim world for more than half a century. Both the intellectual and the political dimensions of his work are important in remembering his life. Much of the attention that Hasan al-Turabi ...

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ذهب السودان بعد نفطه: لمن؟

[مصدر الصورة آ.ب]

تتجه أنظار السودانيين الى فبراير/شباط المقبل لمعرفة امكانية تحقيق الوعود التي أطلقها وزير المعادن الشاب، أحمد الصادق الكاروري، ببدء الإنتاج الحكومي من الذهب بمشاركة روسية. ففي أواخر يوليو/تموز المنصرم، أعلن عن التوقيع على عقد بين الوزارة والشركة الروسية "سيبريا" بحضور الرئيس عمر البشير شخصياً، مما يشير إلى الأهمية التي أسبغت على المناسبة. وفي حفل التوقيع نفسه تحدث الوزير عن الاحتياطيات الضخمة المكتشفة من الذهب التي سيجري العمل للبدء في إنتاجها من موقعين في ولايتي نهر النيل والبحر الأحمر، حيث يمكن للموقع الأول أن ينتج ثمانية آلاف طن والثاني 36 ألفاً، ولو أن التوقيع مع شركة سيبريا الروسية أقتصر حتى الآن على الموقع الأول فقط. الوزير أوضح أن نسبة الحكومة من العائد ...

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قراءة في شوق الدرويش: رواية تنتمي لنموذج ما بعد الاستعمار

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حصلت رواية «شوق الدرويش»  للقاص السوداني حمور زيادة على جائزة نجيب محفوظ لعام 2014 والتي تمنحها الجامعة الأمريكية بالقاهرة كل عام لأفضل عمل روائي، ورشحت الرواية ضمن القائمة القصيرة لجائزة البوكر العربية لعام 2015. والرواية تتعرض لفترة الثورة المهدية بالسودان في أواخر القرن التاسع عشر (1881-1899).  فالخرطوم المدينة التي حكمها الإنجليز تُخرب على يد جيش المهدي. ويقتل حاكمها الإنجليزي «جوردون» فيختار المهدي عاصمته على الضفة المقابلة من النهر حيث تزدهر «أم درمان» لزمن حتى يدخلها الجيش المناوئ.   وعلى هذه الخلفية السياسية يروي حمور زيادة عشق بخيت منديل وهو  «عبد أسود» لحواء/ثيودورا الفتاة الإسكندرانية المنشأ، اليونانية الأصل، التي تصل الخرطوم كجزء من ...

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On the Margins Roundup (February)

[Image of a pottery manufacture in Kalabougou, Mali. Image by Marco Bellucci/Flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]   Comoros Populist Muslim party surges in Comoros voting The populist Muslim party Juwa has performed well in Comoran parliamentary elections. Comoros: a long history of coups A list of the coups d’etat that have taken place in Comoros since independence in 1875. Djibouti جيبوتي ترسل قوات إضافية ...

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On the Margins Roundup (December)

[Image of a pottery manufacture in Kalabougou, Mali. Image by Marco Bellucci]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania Mauritania Will Toughen Anti-Corruption Laws Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz announced plans to strengthen laws against corruption on United Nations Anti-Corruption Day. Migration, Fisheries, and the Supremacy of European Interests in Mauritania Hassan Ould Moctar discusses ...

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On the Margins Roundup (September)

[Image of a mosque in Bangoi Kouni, Comoros Islands. Image by David Stanley/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania الاحتجاجات أمام الرئاسة: مظاهر أزمة اجتماعية خانقة Protests have taken place in front of the President’s office in a sign of continuing unrest. Freedom Fighter: A slaving society and an abolitionist’s crusade. Slavery in Mauritania Is Alive and Well, Thanks In No Small Part to Islamic Apologists ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June)

[Image of a ship graveyard in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Image by slosada/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.] Somalia Al-Shabab claims deadly Kenya attack Somalia-based group says attacks will continue, and tells tourists to stay away after assault in Mpeketoni kills forty-eight. African solutions for African problems? Ambassador Abukar Arman, former Somalia special envoy to the United States, argues that interventions ...

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On the Margins Roundup (May)

[Image from the back street of Moroni, Grande Comore, Union of the Comoros. Image courtesy of David Stanley/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania موريتانيا: غضب من قانون لرقابة وتنظيم الإنترنت Mauritanian activists are criticizing a recent bill in the Mauritanian parliament, which they say is a violation of freedom of expression. Quadruple Hope in Mauritania's Refugee Camp Photos from Doctors Without Borders about a woman who gave birth to ...

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Snapshot: Khartoum

[Cell phone penetration is very high throughout Sudan though most people have numbers on all the major networks to cover dead areas and reduce their bills. Photo by David Degner.]

While working on a story in Sudan I found myself using my iPhone much more than my professional camera for personal snapshots. Mainly because it is easy, discrete, and has a deep depth of field. These are Instagram snapshots of observations and daily life in the Sudanese capital over a week in early January 2014. During this trip I was constantly reminded that Khartoum hasn't changed much. Even with the separation of South Sudan the capital looked almost exactly the same as six years ago. This contrasts dramatically with the revolutionary changes I have watched in the rest of the Middle East for the last three years.

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On the Margins Roundup (January)

[A South Sudan flag over the airport in Malakal, South Sudan. Image from Owen Fuller/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania Biram : les raisons du succès The author examines the reasons for Biram Ould Abeid’s success in fighting for human rights in Mauritania. Mauritania to set up slavery tribunal A judicial committee chaired by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to create a court to try crimes of slavery. Quand les ...

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يا أهلا بالمذابح

 [.مصدر الصورة موقع

  مقالة الصديقة العزيزة ريم سعد في الشروق يوم ٥ يناير التي كانت بعنوان "أوهام دموية عن الحلول الجذرية" لفتت نظري إلى مقالة أحمد المسلماني، التي نشرها سنة ٢٠٠٨ في "المصري اليوم"، والتي كانت بعنوان "جريمة رائعة". مقالة المسلماني كانت من جزئين وأشاد فيها بمذبحة القلعة التي تمت يوم ١ مارس ١٨١١.  في الحقيقة، أنا لا أتذكر أنني قرأت مقالة المسلماني عند نشرها، لكني أتذكر سلسلة المقالات التي كانت هذه المقالة واحدة منها. السلسلة كانت تدعو لتأسيس ما أسماه المسلماني "حركة المؤرخين الجدد في مصر"، وبما أني مهتم بالكتابة التاريخية ومقتنع بأننا محتاجون فعلاً لإعادة كتابة تاريخنا (وقراءته أيضاً) فقد لفتت نظري تلك السلسلة. وأغلب الظن ...

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On the Margins Roundup (November)

[Photo of Juba, South Sudan taken from the International Space Station (ISS) during Expedition 12. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Somalia’s Watergate Scandal President’s Chief of Staff outmaneuvered in his bid to steal over 100 million dollar. Al-Shabaab's Westgate Siege was all about Somalia “Many are wondering if al-Shabaab's attack in Nairobi is a sign of its new global orientation. The answer is no.” Somalia’s al-Shabaab ...

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Quick Thoughts on the Political Landscape of Today's Sudan: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Khalid Medani

In this Quick Thoughts conversation with Status/الوضع host Bassam Haddad, Khalid Medani provides a near-comprehensive account of Sudan's recent past, its internal and external struggles, and current challenges.  Khalid Mustafa Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic Studies at McGill University. Prior to his arrival at McGill, Medani taught at Oberlin College and Stanford University. Prof. Medani received a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown ...

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Nobody Leaves through the Ballot Box: The Historical Irrelevance of General Elections in Sudanese Political Transitions

In almost sixty years of independence, Sudan has witnessed a dozen heads of state come and go and countless presidential and parliamentary elections. Of these presidents and prime ministers, less than a handful was voted into office and not a single one has been voted out. With the current elections widely seen as a farce, a foregone conclusion with Omar al-Bashir set to win and many Sudanese people shifting between apathy and antipathy towards the process, a spotlight has been shone on the electoral ...

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On Super Mosquito: An Interview with Sudanese Cartoonist Khalid Albaih

SAMAR MEDIA - Cartoonists from the Arab world Episode 6: "Khalid Albaih - Sudan » Filmed : 05/2014 Broadcast 27 March 2015 Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese cartoonist who shot to international fame in 2011, when one his drawings predicting the fall of the Middle Eastern authoritarian regimes went viral after the start of the Tunisian revolution. His cartoons have struck a chord with young revolutionaries from Egypt to Yemen. In his interview with SAMAR, he talks about the role of cartoonists in society, ...

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Machiavelli in the Twenty-First Century: Sudanese Security Leaks in Perspective

International mediators from the West, Africa and Arab countries are pinning their hopes for peace and democratization in the two Sudans to a series of domestic and international mediation initiatives. But a glimpse into the decision-making of the Sudanese security apparatus shows its preference for infiltration, stalling, and military solutions. What is in the minds of leaders of Sudan’s security and military apparatus? As a group, they are the most influential actor in Sudanese politics, and a major ...

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On the Margins Roundup (October)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]   Mauritania  Watch the Trailer for Mauritania's First-Ever Oscar Submission 'Timbuktu' Abderrahmane Sissako's drama about Al Qaeda ...

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On the Margins Roundup (July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania  Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz re-elected Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz reelected in a controversial election with over ...

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South Sudan: A Civil War by Any Other Name

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 10 April 2014] Executive Summary On 15 December 2013 the world’s newest state descended into civil war. Continuing fighting has displaced more than 1,000,000 and killed over 10,000 while a humanitarian crisis threatens many more. Both South Sudanese and the international community were ill-prepared to prevent or halt the conflict: the nation’s closest allies did little to mediate leadership divisions within the Sudan Peoples’ ...

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On the Margins Roundup (March)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania Mauritania: Islamic Television channel promotes moderation An interview on Magharebia with Othman Ould Farah, the ...

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Counting the “Missing People” of Omdurman: Theatrics in Khartoum, Sudan

[The essay is based on collaboration between the two authors. AbdouMaliq Simone conducted and wrote the field research about the drama school; he then invited Jadaliyya Cities Page co-editor, Hiba Bou Akar, to contribute. Simone’s field research is based on his life in Khartoum in 1987-1990, and this contribution is part of a larger work in which he reflects on “black urbanism” across cities in Africa, the Middle East, and North America through the figure of Malcolm X. Bou Akar’s contribution is based on ...

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The Armed Conflict in South Sudan: An Interview with Khalid Medani

Two and half years after its birth, the world’s youngest nation-state, South Sudan, is engulfed in a crisis which has escalated into an armed conflict between two factions in the ruling People Liberation Movement. The political protagonists jockeying for power come from the ranks of the rebels who fought against the Sudanese central government in the 1983-2005 civil war. The war resulted in a loss of two million lives and the displacement of four million people in southern Sudan. Fighting broke out on ...

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On the Margins Roundup (December)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Kenya airstrike "destroys al-Shabaab camp linked to Westgate" Kenya says it has devastated a rebel camp in Somalia used ...

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Ten Days of Revolt In Sudan: An interview with Khalid Medani

In the ten days following September 23rd, Sudan has witnessed the largest anti-government protests since the military coup that brought its president Omar Al-Bashir to power in 1989. Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets chanting "freedom" and renewing calls for their autocratic ruler to stand down. The unrest, sparked off by fuel price hikes, began in the city of Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, but quickly spread to at least nine districts in Khartoum and seven cities across the ...

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