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Religious extremism: The case of Sudan's Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag

Noah K. Tenai
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 37, No 1 | a1511 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v37i1.1511 | © 2016 Noah K. Tenai | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 August 2015 | Published: 22 September 2016

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Noah K. Tenai, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

The recent case of the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag of Sudan has drawn attention to the place of Islamic sharia law in contemporary, diverse and multireligious communities and nation states. Islamic sharia law was used to charge Mariam of apostasy; she was subsequently sentenced to 100 lashes followed by hanging. Religious extremism and one of its resultant effects, namely persecution, particularly of women and other minorities, is a persistent hindrance to ongoing efforts against poverty responses. Religious extremism goes against the spirit of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, of which many nation states are signatories. The Catholic vows of consecration – poverty, chastity and obedience – are very helpful perspectives that can assist in pursuing responses to religious extremism and the resultant intolerance, persecution and dispossession.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Drawing from the Roman Catholic Church’s vows of consecration, the article argues for a stance that communities can take in situations that call for solidarity with people in vulnerable situations.


Keywords

Poverty; Religion; Islam; Christianity; Shari’a; Apostasy; Persecution; Sudan

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