The Mahdists of Sudan
The Mahdists’ rebellion against the foreign invasion can be compared only to that of the Zulu of South Africa. They were equally strong. Some historians even consider them to have been stronger than the Zulus.
They opposed the British forces with a fanatical fortitude. Their determination came from their belief that their leader Muhammad Ahmad was the foretold Islamic religious leader – Mahdi.
Just like in the case of the impis, the Mahdists had a promising start against the foreigners. That, however, did not last to the end. The British were a well-equipped army with professional military training. They eventually overpowered the indigenous warriors at Omdurman in 1898 with a massive force.