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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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Politics in the Age of Salvation

Politics in the Age of Salvation

Reimagining the Islamic State

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(p.158) Chapter Five Politics in the Age of Salvation
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For Love of the Prophet
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Noah Salomon

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691165158.003.0005

This chapter presents a story that makes an interesting set of claims about the nature of political authority in Islam. First, it made the point that the notion of an intellectual vanguard that could awaken the Sudanese to their true responsibilities under Islam (and indeed show them what true Islam was) was deeply offensive, not just to Sufis, but to secularists and practicing Muslims of all stripes. Next, it is important to recognize that in this story, just as in the political strategy of the Inqadh, al-Turabi uses Islam to disarm political critique. The remainder of the chapter addresses the following question What might it mean to leave Islamic politics untranslated? It does so by looking at a vision of the Islamic state that “not only [finds itself, but positions itself] in competition or confrontation with social scientific forms of knowledge.”

Keywords:   Islam, Sudan, Islamization, political power, Islamic state

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