Letter from Africa: How a text book exposed a rift in Sudan’s new government
The euphoria following the ousting of Sudan’s long-serving President Omar al-Bashir has been replaced by the hard work of cementing the democratic revolution. But a clash over the new school curriculum with some religious figures has exposed the tricky path that the transitional government is treading. Last month, at Friday prayers in a mosque in the capital, Khartoum, an imam passionately shouted “Allah, Allah, Allah” before encouraging the male worshippers to scream and cry over the inclusion of the Michelangelo painting the Creation of Adam in a post-revolution history text book. He also lashed out at Suna, the official news agency, for giving a platform to Omer al-Qarray, one of the people behind the new school programme, accusing him of promoting infidelity and atheism.