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Advancing Holistic Mission through Scholarly Engagement

Transformation: An international Journal of Holistic Mission Studies

Articles by Lamin Sanneh

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Shari’ah Sanctions as Secular Grace? A Nigerian Islamic debate and an intellectual response
Transformation 2003 (Vol. 20, No. 4, page 232)

Should the state be Islamized or should church and state be separate? Would a ‘Shari’ah-mandated state’ improve the lot of the people, or just drag God into the chaos?

Sacred and Secular in Islam: Policy implications
Transformation 2002 (Vol. 19, No. 3, page 153)

Muslim fundamentalists reject the modern western distinction between sacred and secular on the grounds that such distinction results in privatization of religion, with the sacred stripped of worldly interest and reduced to mystical abstraction fit for personal indulgence, and have moved to insert religion into the sphere of politics. The moderates counter that Shari'ah enforcement conflicts with religious freedom and with human rights and equal citizenship for all.

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