Ansar al-Sunna and Women's Agency in Sudan A Salafi Approach to Empowerment through Gender Segregation Liv Tønnessen Introduction This article focuses on the Salafist movement in Sudan called Ansar al-Sunna. The movement's name literally translates as "followers of the Sunna"--that is, of Prophet Muhammad's teachings and actions. Ansar al-Sunna's main focus is dawa, Islamic missionary and preaching activities. Ansar al-Sunna calls for re-Islamization in order to purify and standardize Islam. The Islam the movement's followers preach is Salafism and is based on the idea that there is a unitary Islamic doctrine and only one correct understanding of the Quran and the Sunna. That one correct understanding of the Quran and the Sunna dictates gender segregation and mandates women to wear the niqab. Readings of the Islamic texts that do not conform to this interpretation are quickly deemed "un-Islamic." Giving advice (nasiha) in state politics is regarded as an important part of how members of the Ansar al-Sunna movement engage in dawa. Accordingly, Ansar al-Sunna has recently started to engage more directly in conventional state politics with members of parliament and some ministers. Members of the movement ran as candidates on the ruling Islamist political party list in the
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Oct 22, 2016
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