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Nimerie’s instant justice: tongue of God and the rogue

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This chapter seeks to rehabilitate Nimerie's Islamic experiment of implementing sharia and establishing al-ʿAdāla al-Nājiza in the course of the dramatic legal and judicial conflicts we have followed so far, within the broad social history of the country. The professional and political detractors of the experiment turned the Islamic courts of the period into a legal pariah for their alleged subservience to President Nimerie, their outrageous excesses such as executing the elderly Islamic reformer, Mahmoud M. Taha, and subjecting non-Muslims to Islamic law penalties of lashing, and amputations of arms and legs. While acknowledging the truth of some of these criticisms, the chapter examines President Nimerie's Islamization of the state in the light of the discourse on crime and punishment that raged in the Judiciary and society at large in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Keywords: Al-ʿAdāla al-Nājiza; Islamic law; Nimerie; sharia court



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