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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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Escaping the Islamic State?

Escaping the Islamic State?

(p.199) Epilogue Escaping the Islamic State?
For Love of the Prophet

Noah Salomon

Princeton University Press

This epilogue first describes cases of Sudanese university students joining ISIS. It then argues that if we begin to evaluate the success of the Sudanese Islamic state project based not on the staying-power of the particular doctrines the Inqadh regime imposed or on the institutional forms it assumed, but rather on the questions it continues to provoke and the aspirations it engenders, we will better be able to explain why groups like ISIS have become attractive to Sudanese students living in the era of the late Inqadh. The fact that the renegade students felt they could not fulfill Islamic political aspirations in Sudan but needed to make the radical move of traveling across the world to join an organization vilified both at home and internationally suggests not only that the definition of an Islamic state remains as contested as ever, but that, contrary to some predictions, the failures of the Islamic state model in Sudan have led not to the eclipse of Islam as a viable political foundation, but rather to an even more active search for its true embodiment.

Keywords:   Sudan, Sudanese students, ISIS, Islam, Islamization, Islamic state project, Inqadh regime

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