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Title:Mahdist Faith and the Legitimation of Popular Revolt in Western Sudan
Author:Kapteijns, LidwienISNI
Year:1985
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:55
Issue:4
Pages:390-399
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sudan
Great Britain
Subjects:Mahdis
anticolonialism
colonialism
nationalism
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160173
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1985-055-00-000026
Abstract:Based on a more elaborated study of the history fo Western Sudan, in particular the border area, between the historical sultanates of Dar Fur and Wadai, covering the period 1882-1930 - from the successful struggle against foreign domination led by the Sudanese Mahdi to the firm establishment of British colonial rule - this article explores the theme of popular revolt and Islamic (specifically Mahdist) ideology. Drawing from the materials of Mahdist archives, oral data and British and French colonial records, the paper offers short case studies of revolts which, by using an Islamic (mostly Mahdist) ideology obtained legitimation of new leaders, originated nevertheless in very different political contexts and protested against social and economic distress resulting from very different causes. While this study therefore invites a comparison with other popular revolts phrased by participants in Islamic terms, it cautions against facile generalizations on the formal ideological levels which deny the reality of the socioeconomic and political causes of popular revolt. - Map, notes, ref., sum. in French.
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