War of Visions: Conflicts of Identities in the Sudan / Edition 1

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Overview

The civil war that has raged intermittently in the Sudan since independence in 1956 is a conflict of contrasting and seemingly incompatible identities in the Northern and Southern parts of the country. Identity is seen as a function of how people identify themselves and are identified by others in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, language, and religion. The identity question relates to how such concepts determine or influence participation and distribution in the political, economic, social, and cultural life of the country. War of Visions sheds light on the anomalies of the identity conflict and presents competing models: the Arab-Islamic mold of the North, representing two thirds of the country in territory and population, and the remaining Southern third, which is indigenously African in race, ethnicity, culture, and religion, with an educated Christianized elite. But although the North is popularly defined as racially Arab, the people are a hybrid of Arab and African elements, with the African physical characteristics predominating in most tribal groups. This configuration is the result of a historical process that stratified races, cultures, and religions and fostered a "passing" into the Arab-Islamic mold that discriminated against the African race and cultures. The outcome of this process is a polarization that is based more on myth than on the realities of the situation. The identity crisis has been further complicated by the fact that Northerners want to fashion the country on the basis of their Arab-Islamic identity, while the South is decidedly resistant.
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Deng (senior fellow at Brookings Institute and Sudan's former ambassador to Canada, the US, and Scandinavia) addresses Sudan's racial, cultural, and religious identity issues in light of the civil war that has raged intermittently there since independence in 1956, and presents three approaches to ending the conflict. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"An excellent analysis...that actually offers some solutions." —The Economist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815717935
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 553,158
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis M. Deng is a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings-SAIS Project on Internal Displacement. He has served as the Sudan's minister of state and foreign affairs; as its ambassador to Canada, the United States, and Scandinavia; and as special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for internally displaced persons.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Background 7
1 Overview of the Conflict 9
Pt. 2 Evolution of Identities 33
2 Northern Identity: Assimilation 35
3 Southern Identity: Resistance 69
Pt. 3 Quest for Nationhood 99
4 Genesis of Divided Nationalism 101
5 Northern Dominance: Colonialism Revisited 135
6 The Emerging Southern Identity 185
Pt. 4 North-South Microcosm 241
7 The Ngok Dinka 243
8 Crisis at the Crossroads 286
Pt. 5 External Dimension 345
9 Dilemmas of External Linkages 347
Pt. 6 The Crisis in Perspective 385
10 Boundaries of Identity 387
11 Perceptions of the Crisis 436
12 Conclusions 484
Notes 517
Index 563
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