Sudan has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After decades of civil war, rebel uprisings and power struggles, in 2011 it gave birth to the world’s newest country – South Sudan. But it’s not been an easy transition, and the secession that was meant to pave the path to peace, has plunged the region into further chaos.
In this updated edition of his ground-breaking investigation, Jok Madut Jok delves deep into Sudan’s culture and history, isolating the factors that continue to cause its fractured national identity. With moving first-hand testimonies, Jok provides a decisive critique of a region in turmoil, and addresses what must be done to break the tragic cycle of racism, poverty and brutality that grips Sudan and South Sudan.
Jok Madut Jok is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He has published numerous books and articles including War and Slavery in Sudan.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 1, 2007)
Length: 256 pages
"In a set of skillfully argued and well-researched chapters, the author examines the role of religion, race and resource wars."
"Jok Madut Jok's book is a useful guide to the multiple forces, economic, religious and ethnic, facing each other in Sudan."
– Transnational Perspectives
"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 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 o
"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 Un