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Mahdi, Abd al-Rahman al-

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    Mahdi, Abd al-Rahman al-

    (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 .

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