Subject Area: Sudan

Borgu and Its Kingdoms a Reconstruction of a Western Sudanese Polity
Stewart, Marjorie
1994 0-7734-9412-X 506 pages
Documents the history of Borgu (a little-known area now situated in the northern part of the Republic of Benin and the north-western region of Nigeria) from the period when Mande peoples migrated from their homeland to settle in many parts of the Western Sudan including Borgu. By the ninth century, they had established long-distance trade; the art of making brass and copper artifacts by the lost wax technique was known; and large political entities were being formed. By the fifteenth century, Borgu consisted of three kingdoms whose rulers claimed close kinship ties, and the king's position was firmly rooted in ancient religious traditions. The historical reconstruction of Borgu society rests on a detailed examination of oral tradition, linguistic and genealogical data, archival records and ethnographic fieldwork.

Militarization, Gender and Reproductive Health in South Sudan
Jok, Madut
1998 0-7734-2235-8 360 pages
This volume examines two aspects of reproductive health among the Dinka of South Sudan: first, sexual and reproductive roles expected of women as their contribution to the national liberation struggle; second , their acknowledgement of the role and their simultaneous strategies to maintain their health.

My Father the Spirit-Priest Religion and Social Organization in the Amaa Tribe ( Southwestern Sudan)
Gafour, Ayyoub-Awaga Bushara
1988 0-88946-178-3 150 pages
Describes the familial, economic, political, and religious life of the Amaa tribe, of which the author is a member.

Nineteenth-Century Wars Between the Manasir People of Northern Sudan and the British Colonialist Invaders
Salih, Abdelrahim
2012 0-7734-2594-2 448 pages
An engaging historical examination of the Manasir people of the Sudan and their battles with the British in the late nineteenth century. This study surveys the historical evidence, both written and oral.

Perspectives and Challenges in the Development of Sudanese Studies
Abdalla, Ismail
1993 0-7734-9333-6 308 pages
The collection of papers in this volume identifies the areas of strength in Sudanese studies both in the Sudan and in Germany, and points to the direction future research should take in order to fill gaps in our knowledge, especially with regard to the origin of Nubian languages. More importantly, the book tackles some of the problems facing Sudan: its financial relations with the World Bank; the difficulties with its regional development projects; the questions of drought, famine and refugees; and the problem of Sudanese identity, more specifically how the search for a Sudanese identity impinges on the north-south conflict, and the extent to which the historical experiences of the Sudanese people have complicated this conflict.

Rise of the Islamic Movement in Sudan (1945-1989)
Abdelwahid, Mustafa A.
2008 0-7734-5031-9 244 pages
This work applies Social Movement Theory (SMT) to the study of the Islamic Movement of Sudan, paying particular attention to understudied mechanisms of contention and successful expansion, and the factors which facilitated the Movement’s rise in influence.

Rural Development and Microfinance Projects in Sudan: With Special Attention to Community Participation
El-Gack, Nawal
2012 0-7734-3075-X 488 pages
This book examines the development efforts and analyses the experiences of rural development and microfinance initiatives at grassroots levels in Sudan. It exploers the very nature of development interventions regarding participatory development projects; and the outcomes concerning these interventions. Hence a major focus of the books is the elaboration of factors that influence people's participation in large scale loan-based projects.
The book contributes to knowledge and adds fuel to the debate surrounding the theories and practices of participatory development, by offering firsthand reflections and ideas from development practitioners and primary stakeholders. Furthermore the study examines the role of development providers, professionals, community organizations and analyses perceptions and practices surrounding gender issues and indigenous knowledge. Resultantly, the book suggests that designing successful participatory development projects require indepth knowledge of local settings and the support of accountable community organizations which represent diverse interest groups. The book is a vital resource for development planners, practitioners and postgraduates representing the forefront of research in development studies.

State and Religion in the Sudan
Mahmoud, Mahgoub El-Tigani
2003 0-7734-6748-3 392 pages
The issues analyzed in this book are top agenda in the Muslim world. This book shows with unprecedented sociological analysis the underlying agreements among several Sudanese thinkers, including the Islamic thinker Mahmoud Mohamed Taha, the socialist leader ‘Abd al-Khaliq Mahgoub, the liberal politician al-Sadiq al Mahdi, the women’s-rights activist Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, and the fundamentalist writer Hassan al-Turabi, in spite of irreconcilable differences in ideological commitments or political agenda. These explorations should make this work an indispensable volume of thought for politicians and policy makers, students of religion and government, and researchers of contemporary theory and applied sociology.

State Intervention and the Environment in Sudan, 1889-1989
Kibreab, Gaim
2002 0-7734-6906-0 532 pages

Sudan Law and International Human Rights Norms
Mahmoud, Mahgoud El-Tigani, editor
2002 0-7734-6991-5 576 pages

Sudanese Refugees in the United States. The Collateral Damage of Sudan’s Civil War
Donkor, Martha
2008 0-7734-5088-2 156 pages
This work examines the struggles of southern Sudanese refugees who defied great odds to secure better lives for themselves and their families in the United States. The book also looks at the role of the international community in accommodating these refugees.

Sudanese Women in the United States
Abdel Halim, Asma M.
2006 0-7734-5675-9 228 pages
This is a qualitative study of the experiences of circumcised Sudanese women in the United States. It looks into how immigration has affected the cultural perceptions of women, in particular their views about female circumcision (FC). Questions and conversations with the women in this study are focused on what has changed in their lives that resulted in a change of attitude or behavior. Three focus groups of women of different age groups participated in the research. One woman of each group was interviewed in depth. Open-ended questions and semi structured interviews were conducted.

The findings included changes in married women’s perception of their culture and a high level of awareness of why the change came about; a profound change in gender relations inside the home; acceptance of these changes, as good and necessary, despite strong ties with the home culture; and most importantly, an activism side to their change of attitude towards FC; it is no longer lip service to change, they have decided to take action and protect their daughters from FC. They do not see themselves as changing the culture by giving up FC, as they believe that the culture is to protect virginity and curb sexual freedom, whereas FC is only a process within the culture to ensure that virginity. They will keep the culture and do away with FC as a harmful process. The study found that this activism edge stemmed from their personal experiences of humiliation and horror during childbirth.

Younger unmarried women saw FC as a practice that deprived them of their bodily integrity and took away their ability to make their own decisions. They are still fettered by the continued control of their families in the Sudan and of the immigrant community that does not look kindly at those who break away from the culture.

Older women did not change their mind about the “benefits” of FC but saw it as detrimental to their granddaughters’ health and status in the United States. Since it is meant to benefit and young girls would face harm rather than good, they expressed willingness to accept uncircumcised granddaughters in America.

Sudanese-Arab Writer Tayeb Salih. A Study of His Journals, Short Stories, and Novels
Salih, Tayeb
2014 0-7734-4479-3 408 pages
Work embodies a critical collection of the works of Sudanese-Arab writer and author Tayeb Salih. A literary tribute that reflects on the roots and soul of a people and their consciousness through critical essays and insightful reflections contained in group interviews with the acclaimed author during his life.

Sudan’s Civil War - Slavery, Race and Formational Identities
Idris, Amir
2001 0-7734-7619-9 176 pages
The civil war in the Sudan has been generally misunderstood in the Sudanese and Western academic worlds as war between an Arab Muslim North and an African Christian South. This work examines how ‘African’ and ‘Arab’, as competing racial identities, have been produced in the Sudan, and interprets the roles of various actors with different interests in creating these identities.