What was the Ottoman view about the Sudan uprising led by the Mahdi in 1881?

Apr 2013
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Romania
[FONT=&quot]Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah[/FONT][FONT=&quot] was a religious leader of the Samaniyya order in Sudan who, on June 29, 1881, proclaimed himself as the Mahdi or messianic redeemer of the islamic faith. His proclamation came during a period of widespread resentment among the Sudanese population of the oppressive policies of the Anglo-Turco-Egyptian rulers, and capitalized on the messianic beliefs popular among the various Sudanese religious sects of the time.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]My question is if the Ottoman Sultan believed that he was the mahdi and what the religious community from Mecca believed about him.
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johnincornwall

Ad Honorem
Nov 2010
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Cornwall
No one likes anyone who's going to come along and take their power.

If you believe the Lawrence Olivier line in 'Khartoum' the Mahdi was intent on vanquishing 'even the Sultan in Constantinople....'

At the end of the day he - like his nephew (was it?) the next Mahdi - was just another power-crazed nutter.
 
Aug 2011
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At that point in time, the Sultan was also the Caliph. He didn't need to be the Mahdi to exercise religious authority, that is, if he chose to.

Egypt was semi-autonomous and while legally part of the Ottoman Empire, was in the process of becoming an English protectorate.The Mahdi was more of a problem for Cairo and London than Istanbul.

I speculate that opinions in Mecca were conservative and not sympathetic.
Anyhow, Sudan was not Arabia and what we think of as the Middle East today did not really exist. The Mahdis of the Sudan were local phenomenons.

There's been several other Mahdis throughout history. Most didn't turn out well.