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The Khalīfa and the Routinization of Charismatic Authority

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This chapter examines the ceremonial idiom within the context of the Khalīfa's rule, his use of insignias of authority, and the creation of what Connerton designates as a "mythic concordance," between him and AbūBakr al-iddīq, and the Mahdī. The death of the Mahdī on 8 Ramadān 1302/22 June 1885 ushered in a new era for the Mahdiyya. The revolt had succeeded in ending the Turkiyya' occupation of the Sudan, with the exception of a few isolated regions. As a consequence, unlike the Mahdī,eremony was, in the case of the Khalīfa, a key element of power. During the Khalīfa's rule, ceremony was primarily employed to establish a mythic concordance between him and AbūBakr al-S?iddīq, and between him and the Mahdī. In addition, the ceremonial rites affirmed the hierarchy of the Mahdiyya, placing the Khalīfa at the top of this hierarchy and spatially in the center.

Keywords: AbūBakr al-iddīq; Khalīfa; Mahdī; Mahdiyya; mythic concordance



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