The Mahdist Revolution Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Over the years there were many battles that took place in colonial Africa, but the two most significant developed within the countries of Libya and Sudan. Both of these battles told the story of poor rebels fighting against large scaled and heavily armed armies. In a way they could be described as "David and Goliath" stories. The Mahdist Revolution against the Egyptian colonizers succeeded because the Mahdist leader; Mohammed Ahmed effectively combined religious, economic and cultural appeals under a charismatic leadership to build a military force capable of defeating his enemies. "What were the motives that drove Muhammad Ahmad to lead a revolt against the Egyptian administration in the Sudan?" "The Father of Independence, a nationalist leader who united the tribes of the Sudan by an Islamic ideology, drove out the alien rulers, and laid the foundations of a nation-state. This is an interpretation of the consequences of his revolt, rather than an appreciation of his motives." (Holt, Darcy, pg 87).

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The Mahdist Revolution took place in the Sudan from 1881 – 1885. It succeeded only after a bloody and costly struggle between the opposing forces. During this time, "Africa was being maintained, essentially by an imperial ambiguity, the so-called Anglo-Egyptian condominium in Sudan" (Woodward, pg 18). However, this solution was only workable as long as the British remained in complete control of

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