The Sudan Handbook

May 2011
20 line illustrations
240 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781847010308
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BISAC POL053000, HIS001000

The Sudan Handbook

Edited by John Ryle et al.

A compact and useable introduction to the understanding of contemporary Sudan, and a convenient reference work.
The Sudan Handbook, based on the Rift Valley Institute's successful Sudan Field Course, is an authoritative and accessible introduction to Sudan, vividly written and edited by leading Sudanese and international specialists.
The handbook offers a concise introduction to all aspects of the country, rooted in a broad historical account of the development of the Sudanese state. It consists of eighteen self-contained, cross-referenced chapters, covering essential topics in the geography, history, sociology, culture and politics of the country, written by outstanding Sudanese scholars and recognized international experts. It includes numerous purpose-drawn maps and diagrams, glossaries of key terms, capsule biographies of key figures, a chronology and a bibliography.

John Ryle, Rift Valley Institute and Division of Social Sciences, Bard College, USA; Justin Willis, Department of History, Durham University, UK and former Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa; Suliman Baldo, International Center for Transitional Justice, New York, International Crisis Group; Jok Madut Jok, Department of History, Loyola Marymount University, USA.

Published in association with the Rift Valley Institute

Table of Contents

Introduction: Many Sudans - John Ryle and Justin Willis
Land & water - Justin Willis and Omer Egemi and Philip Winter
Early states on the Nile - Abdel Rahman Ali Mohammed and Derek Welsby
Peoples & cultures of the two Sudans - John Ryle
Religious practice & belief - Wendy James
The ambitions of the State - Justin Willis
From the country to the town - Munzoul A. M. Assal
From slaves to oil - Laura James
Sudan's fragile state, 1956-1989 - Peter Woodward
Islamism & the state - Abdel Salam Sidahmed
Traditional authority, local government & justice - and Musa Abdul Jalil
Twentieth-century civil wars - Douglas H. Johnson
The war in the west - Jerome Tubiana
A short history of Sudanese popular music - Ahmad Sikainga
Sudan's regional relations - Gérard Prunier
The international presence in Sudan - Daniel Large
The past & future of peace - Edward Thomas
Epilogue: The next Sudan - Jok Madut Jok and John Ryle
Appendices: Chronology - Key figures in Sudanese history, culture & politics


Diplomats, aid workers and development workers heading for a tour of duty , in either of the Sudans, or both, should certainly read this collection of well written and informative essays. LAWFARE

Very useful. [...] As a vehicle to introduce one to all things Sudanese, it succeeds very well and is to be highly recommended. AFRICAN AFFAIRS

A collection of readable, thought-provoking and intelligent essays that together provide a thorough introduction to Sudan and South Sudan. [...] It will be invaluable to anyone who does not have a deep prior knowledge. SUDAN STUDIES

This witness to all that was bad in the past [...] and the celebration of all that is good, such as the new nation's vibrant culture and economic prospects, belongs in all African studies libraries. Essential. CHOICE

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title