Sudan: Pressing the Brotherhood

Pressing the Brotherhood

Eighteen months ago, Sudanese President Gaafar Nimeiri proclaimed he was imposing strict Islamic law on his nation of 21 million. Traditional Koranic punishments were mandated, like amputating the right hands of thieves. Islamic economic laws were introduced, including the banning of interest charges. Many Sudanese opposed the laws, particularly Christians and animists in the south who are still fighting government troops. Early this year Nimeiri ordered the execution of one rival, Mahmoud Taha, 76. But among the few who supported Islamization were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a militant fundamentalist sect banned in many parts of the Arab world. Last week...

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