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For Love of the ProphetAn Ethnography of Sudan's Islamic State$
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Noah Salomon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165158

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165158.001.0001

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Of Shaykhs and Kings

Of Shaykhs and Kings

The Making of Sudanese Islam

(p.29) Chapter One Of Shaykhs and Kings
For Love of the Prophet

Noah Salomon

Princeton University Press

This chapter takes a brief look at the history of the state in Sudan, and in particular its myriad interactions with the diverse and plural religious landscapes into which it has intervened, and out of which it sought to manufacture a productive partner for its governing efforts. It examines the early efforts of British colonialism as it sought to undo the Mahdist Islamic political order that had taken over Sudan in the early 1880s and to replace it with the institutions of a modern secular state. By both institutionalizing its religion and “civilizing” its population, the British hoped to pull Sudan into an emerging global order, one to which the Inqadh regime responded nearly a hundred years later, not by rejecting its categories, but rather by seeking to instill in them the ethical values of Islam.

Keywords:   Sudan, political history, secular state, British colonialism, Mahdist Islamic political order, Islam, Inqadh regime

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