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This front matter section of this book titled The Formation of the Sudanese Mahdist State contains the table of contents and the acknowledgments. The book examines the link between religion and politics in Islam through an analysis of the Sudanese Mahdiyya, specifically the ways in which the Mahdiyyas leaders employed religious symbols and ritual in order to shape, legitimate, renew, and inform their society. The study of the relationship between ritual, symbols, and political authority is not a novel one. European historians have long examined how ritual articulates power and authority, primarily directing their analysis to the context of ancient, medieval, and early modern European societies.

Keywords: European historians; Sudanese Mahdiyya



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