Reem Alhilou is a consultant to the MAC project, advising us about the Sudanese objects in the collection of the Royal Engineers Museum. She also played a crucial role in organising and facilitiating the research trip to Sudan.
During this interview Imam Ahmad al-Mahdi explains why the jibba and the flag are so important in Mahdist culture. You can see a version of the early Jibba he describes (Muraqqa'a) on the British museum website. While there are many jibbas in museum collections across the UK Muraqqa'a are rare. (NSty)
Sheikan Museum in El Obeid is a well-hidden jewel. The range of artefacts is wide and representative of both the colonial occupiers, as represented by the doomed Hicks Expeditionary Force, and the ansarwho defeated them at Sheikan in November 1883. From the Mahdi’s own razor (donated by the son of the Mahdi’s barber) to a wide range of weaponry, clothing and banners, complemented by photographs of several key participants on both sides of the conflict. (FN)