- Series: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Syracuse University Press; Revised ed. edition (July 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081562705X
- ISBN-13: 978-0815627050
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mahmoud Mohamed Taha was an internationally prominent Sudanese Muslim teacher who was executed by the government in 1985.
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Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im had been asked by Taha to interpret his Arab text into English as a trusted follower of his in his lifetime, troubles, and right up to his execution by the govermnment of Sudan. "The second Message of Islam" should be read together with An-Nahi'm's own book recently published: "Islam and the secular state: Negotiating the future of Shari'a".
Ustadh Taha's book is an excellent introduction to Islam and the interpretation of Shari'a for both Muslims and others alike.
unfortunately, it only turned out to be just another piece of directionless and long-winded islamic jail literature, similar in form (although different in function) to sayyed qutb's 'milestones'
badly written, voluble and full of unsubstantiated and self-righteous statements (not unlike the other book i referred to above), this book is bound to be a huge disappointment, and perhaps a frustrating read as well, to any western audience expecting quality not only in content but also in structure
the only reason why i am giving it two stars is that even though the book fails miserably to achieve its assumed purpose, it showcases the predicament of 20th century islamic currents of thought, gridlocked between their expected loyalties to holy scriptures and the apparent irrelevance of those scriptures to modern life (most aspects of which representatives of these currents of thoughts are all too happy to fully embrace)
if you are used to western discourse and scholarly work, this book will deliver absolutely nothing. it will remind you of the feeble (and failing) first attempts of a grade 6 child at essay writing. it is such an extremely naive and immature piece of literature that it is simply not worth the time needed to read it. i struggled through it so that i can tell you all now: i have read it. do yourself a favour and save your money and time. the intention may have been noble, but the outcome is certainly pathetic
let me just exemplify the sort of total gibberish that you can expect to find on each and every page of this 'highly acclaimed scholarly work':
"[...] and the elements, the least of which is smoke, that is, water vapor, out of which all things and beings were created." (p92)
you just can't take it seriously !!! it's like, a passage from the 'lord of the rings' !!! and this is not a quote from the 1400 year old koran, this is the voice of the author himself from the 20th century !!!
after qutb's book, another huge disappointment. not because it doesn't say what i want to hear, but because of the unbelievably poor standards of composition. very disillusioning
In 1985, the Sudanese government executed a theologian named Mahmoud Muhammad Taha for daring to question the Koran. The sages at Al-Azhar University in Egypt had found Taha guilty of apostasy for a thesis he developed in his book, The Second Mission of Islam. Taha argued that the Koran contains two categories of verses: those that the prophet Muhammad recited in Mecca and those recited in Medina. For Taha, the Medina verses, with their emphasis on legal rules, were written in a historical context that no longer exists, so Islam should instead focus on the spiritual and ethical message revealed in Mecca.