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date: 17 October 2019

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This article analyzes the National Salvation Revolution in Sudan in June 1989, which represents the first takeover of power by a modern Islamist group. It argues that the takeover was not Islamist in the truest sense of the word because coup leaders hid their Islamic objectives and insisted that their motives were largely nationalistic. The episode also highlights the limits of modern Islamist activism.

Keywords: Sudan, military takeover, National Salvation Revolution, Islamist group, Muslim politics, Islamist activism

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