Based on more than 10 years of fieldwork in the Republic of Sudan, this lecture will examine the nature of an Islamic state by exploring its formation not only as a political ideal, but as an aesthetic and epistemic provocation at the culmination of a particularly unstable period of Sudanese history. This talk examines "Islamic politics" as a node in a much deeper conversation within Islamic thought, augmented and reworked as Sudan’s own Islamist experiment became an object of debate and controversy. Reflecting on his recent book, For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan’s Islamic State
, Salomon will interrogate our scholarly understanding of Islamic politics.
Noah Salomon is an associate professor of religion and Director of Middle East Studies at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.