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Old 11-16-2015, 07:51 AM
CalMeacham CalMeacham is offline
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Muhammed Ahmad, the self-proclaimed Mahdi who lead a large contingent of Sudanese against the Turco-Egyptian leaders. He lived from 1844 to 1885. I can understand the lack of photographs -- this was far from Western innovations, which wouldn't have been that important to his people.

I wondered if there might be some Islamic prejudice against photographs, since Muslim art traditionally avoids representations, especially of people. I note, however, that the sultan of the Ottoman Empire have, since the beginning of photography, had their photos taken, so that isn't necessarily a prohibition. (Note that, even though many of the images in the link are paintings, photographs of those after 1840 do exist):