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President Ismail Al-Azhari, 1965–1969: The politics of moral injury

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This chapter investigates the political, social, moral, and judicial currents that converged since the independence of Sudan in 1956 to make presidential politics seek to profit from the historical and cultural resources of the Manichaean Judiciary. It may sound politically correct to dismiss Ismail Al-Azhari's and Nimerie's Islamism as a means of exploiting religion. The chapter examined the various ways the colonial Manichaean geography of the Judiciary played out in the politics of the postcolony. It described how a rage against sexual perversion, which could have been addressed by 'modern' laws upholding civil decency, translated into a national program of Islamizing the state. In the process, the presidential politics allied itself with the Sharia Division and its law in an attempt to surmount the crisis of political legitimacy based on a history of nationalism and resistance.

Keywords: Ismail Al-Azhari; moral injury; Sharia court; Sudan



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