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al-Khalīfa ʿAbdullāhi b. Muḥammad Karrār b. ʿAlī al-Taʿāīshī
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known as the Khalifa, b. 1846, d. 24 November 1899.


Hill, Biog. Dic., 5-6 and 396; Holt (1970), passim; Yagi, thesis (1990), passim.


Ruler of the Sudan in succession to the Mahdi; he was from the Taʿāīsha Baqqāra of Darfur. Both his father and grandfather were members of the Sammāniyya (see Nūr al-Dāʾim (1954), 327-28). He joined the Mahdi at Ābā Island and was appointed khalīfat al-Ṣiddīq by the Mahdi after his manifestation.

He was absolute ruler of the Mahdist state until the final defeat at Kararī in September 1…

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“al-Khalīfa ʿAbdullāhi b. Muḥammad Karrār b. ʿAlī al-Taʿāīshī”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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