The Second Message of Islam by Mahmud Muhammud Taha

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I wish, however, at the outset, to emphasize and clarify an important point, namely, that Islam consists of two messages: a First message based on the subsidiary texts of the Qur'an, and a Second Message based on the primary texts of the Qur'an. The First Message has already been interpreted and elaborated, while the Second Message still awaits interpretation and elaboration. That shall be done when its man l. Qur'anic texts are cited by quoting the number of the chapter followed by the number of the verse.

Finally, and before leaving the reader with the text itself, I wish to make the following remarks concerning the style and methodology adopted here. This is a translation of the fifth edition of the book, and includes the introductions to the fourth and third editions. Although some readers may feel that there is some repetition, both introductions are extremely useful in explaining key issues discussed in the text. As indicated above, I deliberately tried to be as literal as possible, to avoid introducing any personal interpretation or distortion of the subject matter.

A substantial part of the work on this translation was done during my stay at the Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, New York City, as a Rockefeller Fellow in Human Rights in 1981-82. I sincerely appreciate the help and support rendered to me by the Center. I am also grateful for a grant from the Ford Foundation, which enabled me to do some revisions of the first draft. The final draft was prepared during my appointment as Visiting Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1985-86.

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