"The Sudanese Mahdī headed a millenarian, revivalist, reformist movement in Islam, strongly inspired by Salafī and Ṣūfī ideas, in late 19th century in an attempt to restore the Caliphate of the Prophet and "Righteous Caliphs" in Medina. As the "Successor of the Prophet", the Mahdī was conceived of as the political head of the Islamic state and its supreme religious authority. On the basis of his legal opinions, decisions, proclamations and "traditions" attributed to him, an attempt is made here to reconstruct his legal methodology, which consisted of the Qurʼān, the sunna, and the inspiration (ilhām) derived from the Prophet and God, as well as to examine its origins and its impact on Islamic legal doctrine. Also, to assess his "legislation" as an instrument to promote his political, social and moralistic agenda"--Back cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-309) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The Mahdist state The Mahdi's legal methodology The Mahdi's legislation.
KTQ132 .L39 2016
Available in Other Form
Online version: Layish, Aharon, 1933- Sharīʻa and the Islamic state in 19th-century Sudan