Steve Howard is a professor of media studies and African studies and the director of the Ohio University Center for International Studies. A sociologist by training, he has studied and worked all over the African continent. He directed Ohio University's African Studies Program for twenty-five years and has published several scholarly articles about the Republican Brotherhood Movement.
"Steve Howard has produced an ethnography of a modern Muslim movement in the contemporary Sudan that is original, informative, and beautifully conceived. It is a unique (and uniquely informative), accessible, and moving journey of discovery that makes a major contribution to our understanding of Islam in the Sudan and in the contemporary world." -- Lidwien Kapteijns, professor of African and Middle Eastern history, Wellesley College "There is much to learn in this memoir, especially given the normalization of extreme Islamophobia in the Western world ... This book is a critical addition to the library of anyone wishing to move forward against extremisms within and against Islam." "It was amazing timing then for this insightful American-trained social scientist to observe a modernist nonviolent Islamic movement at the peak of its dynamic campaign. It is even more amazing timing now for this rigorous and incisive study of Islamic modernity to be available to scholars, students, and the public at large. This profound assessment of a fascinating expression of Islam as experienced by African Muslims can contribute to defusing the current global crisis of Islam and modernity. The book is also a pleasure to read." -- Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im, author of What Is an American Muslim: Embracing Faith and Citizenship and translator of Mahmoud Mohammed Taha's Second Message of Islam