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Amid economic woes Sudan’s revolution hits an identity crisis 

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An arrest warrant for two leading members of the 1989 coup d’etat; a lawsuit against a conservative scholar accused of breaching religious freedom, an accusation the curriculum is being re-written to take out references to the Quran are just three issues changing and challenging the social fabric and identity of Sudan. The differing views held by the Sudanese about the new democratic era put religion, political Islam and conservative values under the spotlight.

The fight is not simply an ideological battle between the forces of the left and right, but it is a struggle best described as a clash between liberal and conservative politics. In many ways, advocating liberalism is a code for dismantling and overturning any remnants of the Al-Bashir years, including public institutions and venerations of political Islam as understood by the Salvation revolution. The decision to issue arrest warrants for prominent Islamic leaders, Ibrahim Sanoussi and Ali Al-Haj is the clearest indication that there can be no hiding places for the perpetrators of the 1989 coup d’état. The legal action also establishes a clear precedent in law that future would-be successful coup plotters will one day be held to account.

Sudan’s military removes al-Bashir – Cartoon [Arabi21]

Sudan’s military removes al-Bashir – Cartoon [Arabi21]

While conservatism means advocating a Sudan wedded to traditional Sudanese customs and traditions with a focus on religiosity and forgiveness for past wrong. Both sides accept that the corruption and malpractices of the former regime that led to the collapse of the economy must be rooted out. However, neither side accepts the other’s sincerity in achieving that goal. The issue of the latest arrest warrants for the........

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