Abd al-Rahman al- Mahdi

(d. 1959)

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(d. 1959)

Son of the Sudanese leader Muhammad Ahmad ibn Abd Allah, “the Mahdi”. Regrouped his father's followers, the Mahdists, as a religious order in 1908. Built the family's mosque in Omdurman and cultivated lands on Aba Island, where the Mahdi had announced his mission in 1881. These actions enabled Abd al-Rahman to proclaim the imamate of Ansar and create a spiritual, political, and economic center for the movement on Aba. He was the patron of nationalists advocating a separate independent Sudan not united with Egypt. He established the Ummah Party in 1945.

Subjects: Islam.

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