For Love of the Prophet : An Ethnography of Sudan's Islamic State
For some, the idea of an Islamic state serves to fulfill aspirations for cultural sovereignty and new forms of ethical political practice. For others, it is seen as a violator of the proper domains of religion and politics, an example of the Muslim world slipping backwards in what was once seen as a universal march toward history's end. Yet, while there has been much discussion of the idea and ideals of the Islamic state, surprisingly little has been written about how this political formation actually works. For Love of the Prophet looks at the Republic of Sudan's twenty-five-year experiment with Islamic statehood and explores how the Islamic state is embodied and contested within Sudan's increasingly fractured public.
Through careful ethnographic analysis, Noah Salomon shows how state interventions into three key domains of modern life--politics, aesthetics, and epistemology--rapidly became sites of debate and controversy within diverse Muslim publics. Salomon investigates Sudan at a crucial moment in its history--balanced between unity and partition, secular and religious politics, peace and war--when Islamic actors were questioning the variety of Islamism under which they had lived for nearly a generation.
One of the first books to delve into the modern making of the Islamic state, For Love of the Prophet reveals both novel political ideals and new articulations of Islam as it is rethought through the lens of the nation.