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Title:Funding Fundamentalism: Sudan
Author:Jamal, Abbashar
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Islamic movements
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056249108703928
Abstract:In Sudan the Islamist movement controls the levers of State power and has set itself up as a model for similarly oriented movements elsewhere. Sudan's Muslim Brethren, through their political party, the National Islamic Front (NIF), were in fact well placed to assume power in the wake of the 30 June 1989 coup. They were buttressed by a formidable economic base and supported by a particularly advantaged social group. The author looks at the reasons underlying their success in Sudan. He also looks at the significance of the 'hidden' economy of remittance flows from the Gulf. Prior to the Gulf war, the Brethren's close links with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States meant almost no shortage of cash. Having sided with Saddam Hussein against the Arab countries of the Gulf, the Bashir regime now finds itself in a precarious position. For the political future of Sudan's Muslim Brethren to some extent depends on social groups with financial links with the Gulf States. Bibliogr. (Reprinted from: Middle East Report, no. 172 (1991).)