Interrogating the "Islam" in the "Islamic State:" The Salafi Critique of Islamism in Sudan

A seminar with Noah Salomon, Assistant Professor of Religion at Carleton College, Minnesota.

His research has explored the intersection of Islamic political formations and religious discourse (praise poetry, conversion narratives, and debates on Islamic knowledge) among Sufi and Salafi Muslims in contemporary Sudan.  He is currently working on a book manuscript that attempts an ethnography of the Islamic state in Sudan from 1989 to the present as well as a new project on secularism and the construction of a new Muslim minority in the nascent state of South Sudan.

The Arab Spring has been marked by the emergence of da'wa centered Salafi organizations into the the public arena of political contestation. While scholars scramble to figure out what this new context means for the future of Islamic politics in the countries of their focus, as well as what the difference is between Salafi political programs and those of the Muslim Brotherhood derived groups that dominate the government in certain contexts, little attention is being paid to Sudan where debates between Salafi organizations and the Islamist regime have been ongoing for more than two decades. In this seminar I will analyze the Sudanese case through fieldwork with the Ansar al-Sunna organization, examining their critique of the Islamist project and their vision for a new Sudan.
From 12.30 - 13.00 coffee/tea and light snacks will be served
Published July 19, 2013 12:55 PM