THE RISE AND FALL OF POLITICAL ISLAM IN SUDAN

  • Sergey V. Kostelyanets Russian Academy of Sciences

Abstract

In April 2019, Sudan's long-serving President Omar al-Bashir was deposed in a bloodless military coup d'état, which took place amid a major wave of popular protests in the country. The present paper aims to assess the historic path of Sudanese Islamists toward the seizure of power in the course of the 1989 Salvation Revolution and their role in domestic and foreign policies of the Republic of the Sudan in 1989-2019. It will be argued that by the time of the demise of the regime in 2019 political Islam in Sudan had fully eroded and could no longer serve as an effective instrument of legitimization for the government of al-Bashir and that the return of the Islamists to power is improbable.

Keywords: Sudan, political Islam, Islamism, al-Bashir, military coups, political transition

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2021-03-25
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