Lock et al. observe that “every graduate student who is tempted to employ a qualitative design should confront one question, ‘Why do I want to do … study?’ and then answer it honestly”.25 The search for an honest answer is a challenge for a researcher. It dictates him or her to clarify the purpose of a study. In the view of Maxwell, there are three aims for doing a study: personal, practical and research. Personal purpose refers to the issue which leads a researcher to decide to research on a specific topic. It could be a political agenda with intent to change a political situation or a need to advance an academic career. Practical purpose refers to the accomplishment of some administrative policy-making for an administrative change. Research focuses on understanding something by gaining insights on a certain ongoing issue and why it is occurring.26 The aim of this study is both ‘personal’ and ‘research’ in general. It is personal, since it is intended for gaining an academic degree and it is a ‘research’, since it aims to explore and gain insights on political and religious crises in national insti- tutions of Sudan. It seeks to understand why these crises are happening and what alternative(s) are conceptualised by the people in Sudan that could be brought about in order to cease these religious and political conflicts in the country. Aim of study and Researcher’s position The purpose of this study is thus, to examine the contested issue of...
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