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Title:Islam, radicalism, and nationalism in Sudanese politics before independence
Author:Woodward, P.ISNI
Book title:Islam, nationalism, and radicalism in Egypt and the Sudan
Editors:Warburg, Gabriel R.
Kupferschmidt, Uri M.
City of publisher:New York, NY
Publisher:Praeger Publishers
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Islamic movements
Abstract:The outstanding feature of Islam in the Sudan has been the strength of Sufi mysticism. This Sufi mysticism created groups with political capacities rather than ambitions and reduced the political significance or orthodox Islamic structures. Mahdism in the 19th century certainly appeared to represent radical Islam and in the 20th century it made a major contribution to nationalism, but in its leader it was combined with a strong conservatism. The various strands of the nationalist movement were mainly drawn from the intelligentsia. From within this grouping came also the two plainly radical movements: the Communist Party and the Muslim Brotherhood. Notes.