Islam, Sectarianism and Politics in the Sudan since the Mahdiyya

Islam, Sectarianism and Politics in the Sudan since the Mahdiyya

By: Gabriel R. Warburg (author)Paperback

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Why another study of Islam and politics in Sudan? The unique history of Sudan's Islamic politics suggests the answer. The revolt in 1881 was led by a Mahdi who came to renew and purify Islam. It was in effect an uprising against a corrupt Islamic regime, the largely alien Turco-Egyptian ruling elite. The Mahdiyya was therefore an anti-colonial movement, seeking to liberate Sudan from alien rule and to unify the Muslim Umma, and it later evolved into the first expression of Sudanese nationalism and statehood. Post-independence Islamic radicalism, in turn, can be viewed against the background of the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium (1899-1956). It also thrived as a result of the resurgence of Islam since the mid-1960s, when Nasserism and other popular ideologies were swept aside. Finally, Sudan has emerged as the centre of militancy in Sunni Islam since June 1989, when a group of radical Islamic officers, under the guidance of Dr Hassan al-Turabi and the NIF, assumed power. In Warburg's view, the determination to enforce an Islamic state and an Islamic constitution on a multi-religious and multi-ethnic society has led to prolonged civil war, endless military coups and political, social and economic bankruptcy.

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Gabriel Warburg is former Vice Chancellor of the University of Haifa. This is the fifth book he has written on the history of Sudan


Part 1 Islamization: Sufism and holy families; Islam and state under the Turkiyya, 1820-1881; social, economic and geo-political factors leading to revolt. Part 2 The Mahdist state, 1881-1898: background to the Mahdiyya; the path leading to revolt; Muhammad Ahmad b. 'Abdallah, the Mahdi; the Mahdist state under the Khalifa 'Abdullahi; laying the foundations of Mahdist administration. Part 3 Religious policy under the condominium: laying the foundations, 1899-1918; the emergence of neo-Mahdism; the path to independence, 1939-1955. Part 4 Independent Sudan, 1956-1989: statehood and constitution-making; the Islamic path, 1977-85; the Ansar-Umma in politics, 1954-86; the Muslim brothers and Numayri; the third democratic interlude, 1986-9. Part 5 Epilogue: the Islamist coup and the NIF-military coalition; Islam and democracy.

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  • publication date: 19/05/2003
  • ISBN13: 9781850655909
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781850655909
  • weight: 382
  • ISBN10: 1850655901

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