Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence

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 bSudan 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.
Sudan Race Religion and Violence 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 mur

  • Title: Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence
  • Author: Jok Madut Jok
  • ISBN: 9781851683666
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. This book will provide the reader a solid background to the conflicts in Sudan both the civil war in Darfur and the broader civil war between the North and South of Sudan. However, as much as I want to give this book five stars I just can't because Jok has a tendency to be a bit wordy. He uses a forty nine page introduction that could've easily been said in five to ten pages and some of the chapters kinda jump around a little bit to stuff that was covered in previous chapters, but it's nothing t [...]

    2. I admit I didn't make it through the entire book; in the style of any good human rights atrocity documentation, the author hammers away deliberately at the crimes committed by Khartoum. This is more of a dissertation turned book than a mass market paperback. However, Jok plays his cards early, and for that you must respect him. He belongs to the contingent (probably majority) of Southerners that believe a separate South Sudan is the only way forward. These scholars and activists use the tragic m [...]

    3. I was only partially impressed by this book. It does give some insight into the complex nature of socio-cultural identity in Sudan, a complexity that applies elsewhere. It also shows how our attempt to fit people's identities into conceptual boxes we understand (like accepting the terms African and Arab mean in Sudan what they mean here) leads to gross failures to grasp the complexity of places like Sudan.Where it fails is in editing (the book has numerous types and poor grammar), in focus (I fo [...]

    4. I am honestly glad to have finished this book! To say that I did not learn anything from this book would be a lie but to also say I enjoyed reading this book would be a lie too. I picked up this book to get a local's perspective of the war in Sudan and feel I gained a lot of understanding on the war in Sudan. The book should have been a whole lot shorter though, the author has bloated this book by going over the same points over and over again and in the process making reading the book a tedious [...]

    5. This book gave excellent insight into the crisis facing Sudan. Gives an excellent explanation on what led the country to break apart. I only wish an additional edit would have followed once the referendum happened in 2011 as it was published in 2007, when Sudan was still one state. Certainly an interesting read, very informative and written by a Sudanese man which gives it greater weight.

    6. This book was a bit academic for me -- kinda like reading a dissertation at points. But, I feel that I walk away from the book better informed than when I started. While the writing was not always engaging, it was interesting enough. There was quite a bit of repetition but sometimes that is needed to make a point and engrain the information into the readers mind.

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