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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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The Country That Prays upon the Prophet the Most

The Country That Prays upon the Prophet the Most

The Aesthetic Formation of the Islamic State

(p.125) Chapter Four The Country That Prays upon the Prophet the Most
For Love of the Prophet

Noah Salomon

Princeton University Press

The Inqadh regime sought to make not just religious Sudanese, but Sudan religious, by attending to the unique qualities of the physical space into which it intervened, and not just to the people who populated it. While in rural areas the regime often used blunt force to establish its Islamic state, at the urban center it engaged in a much more nuanced project, one increasingly tuned to the challenges and opportunities that such a space posed to the project of Islamic state-building. Recognizing that national belonging on an Islamic basis could not be cultivated by law and education alone, the regime turned to artistic forms in order to develop the affective qualities it deemed necessary to the foundation of its state. This chapter discusses one such project, a poetry revival program that the government encouraged and funded. It traces its itinerary as it intervened into the existing poetic and religious landscapes extant in Sudan.

Keywords:   Sudan, religion, Inqadh regime, Islamization, Islamic state, state-building, poetry revival

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