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From Khartoum
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At some undetermined time the Turco-Egyptian authorities imported and installed in Khartoum a lithograph press, the first in sub-Saharan Muslim Africa. Its official name was maṭbaʿat ʿumūm al-Sūdān. Some reports and circulars were printed on the press as well as at least one “private” work (v. infra, Ḥusayn b. Muḥammad al-Majdī). The press was later captured and used by the Mahdists (see Chapter Twelve).

1. Taqrīr ʿan ʿiṣyān al-Zubayr bāshā wa’bnihi Sulaymān ʿalā ’l-ḥukūma al-miṣriyya min 1294 - 1296 hijriyyatan fī ’l-Sūdān.

Report on the conflict between the Egyptian authori…

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“From Khartoum”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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