Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence (Short Histories)

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9781851683666: Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence (Short Histories)

Sudan is a country in turmoil, ravaged by civil war, plagued by roaming gangs of rebel and government militia, and is rarely out of the news. Despite government propaganda, tales of state-sponsored murder, genocide and humanitarian crises are rife, and there is a real need for a measured investigation which carefully examines the causes of the troubles. In this important book, Jok Madut Jok delves deep into Sudan's culture and past, isolating the factors that cause its fractured national identity. Highlighting the Arabization of the central government in the north and the imposition of this cultural identity upon Darfur and the Christian South, Jok analyses the vicious cycle of violence and goes on to ask what can be done to improve the plight of the Sudanese people in the future. Filled with sharp argument and heroic tales in the face of adversity, Sudan will appeal to everyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of the current crises facing Sudan and its people.

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About the Author:

Jok Madut Jok was born and raised in Sudan. He is Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He is also the cofounder of the Sudd Institute and the author of War and Slavery in Sudan

Review:

"A powerful and exhaustively documented account of the suffering imposed on the people of Sudan by successive regimes in Khartoum, and by the rebel armies that have risen up to oppose them. Vividly illuminated by detailed political analysis, it should be read by all those concerned with the future of Sudan." -- John Ryle - writer, anthropologist and Chairman of the Rift Valley Institute

"Jok Madut Jok, a Sudanese social scientist, uncovers Sudanese experiences of race, entwined as they are with attitudes towards religion, language and culture." -- Douglas H. Johnson - Editorial Director, James Currey Press and author of 'The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars'

"Masterful and intense; passionately critical and solidly informed - Jok Madut Jok has done it again with his very current and poignant Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence." -- Richard Lobban - Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Rhode Island College, and Executive Director of the Sudan Studies Association

"This is clearly a very personal account by JMJ and that is much of its strength. His inclusion of much material deriving from his direct contact with people in many parts of the country is a valuable and unique contribution to the literature on Sudan." -- Peter Woodward - Professor of Politics, University of Reading, and author of Sudan 1898-1989: The Unstable State

"In a set of skillfully argued and well-researched chapters, the author examines the role of religion, race and resource wars." -- Choice (Review for Academic Libraries), Nov 2007

"Jok Madut Jok's book is a useful guide to the multiple forces, economic, religious and ethnic, facing each other in Sudan." -- Transnational Perspectives, March 2008

A powerful and exhaustively documented account of the suffering imposed on the people of Sudan by successive regimes in Khartoum, and by the rebel armies that have risen up to oppose them. Vividly illuminated by detailed political analysis, it should be read by all those concerned with the future of Sudan. -- John Ryle - writer, anthropologist and Chairman of the Rift Valley Institute

Masterful and intense; passionately critical and solidly informed - Jok Madut Jok has done it again with his very current and poignant Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence. -- Richard Lobban - Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Rhode Island College, and Executive Director of the Sudan Studies Association

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