Being “Black,” Being “Sudanese”

in Living with Colonialism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235588
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929364 | DOI:
Being “Black,” Being “Sudanese”

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In many places in Africa and Asia where European imperialist forced borders and named the regions within them, early nationalists modified territorial labels to suit their potential identities. The early nationalists of India came to regard themselves as “Indians,” just as how in Nigeria, they call themselves as “Nigerians.” Some nationalist leaders chose names for nations to signal their brand new starts. In the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the story of naming the nation is dramatic. The term sudani, or “Sudanese,” evolved into a badge of national pride because earlier, it was only applied to the slaves. This redefinition involved assigning common values and a fine historical pedigree to the people in the landscape.

Keywords: nation; identity; name; Sudanese; Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

Chapter.  10275 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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