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Introduction decolonization: toward a musical approach to religion

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The Civil Division of the Judiciary, which jealously guarded the 'colonial' law and 'secular' constitution, brought the wrath of the President, al- Azhari, on itself for blocking his every move toward authoritarianism. He 'updated' his legitimacy as a leader by putting the decolonization of the law on top of the national agenda. The Sharia Division was conceived in the framework of a policy of 'respect and non-interference' in religion stated by Lord Cromer, the British Consul-General in Egypt, who supervised the conquest of the Sudan, to Sudanese notables in 1898. The conflict between the Sharia and Civil divisions of the Judiciary could have been told in the more than familiar terms of the drama of tradition and modernity believed to have had taken the colonial world in its grip.

Keywords: Al- Azhari; decolonization; religion; Sudan



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