Dissent Historicized

in Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780226001999
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226002019 | DOI:
Dissent Historicized

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This chapter places the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in social and political context, investigating two incidents of resistance in which camp and shantytown residents were involved and probing the cultural challenges that displaced southern women face in the Muslim-dominated, Arabic-speaking North. It also examines the broader political processes relating to nationalist ideology and exemplified in the so-called Civilizational Project promulgated by the state as a tool for redefining nationalism and political identities. Violent altercations arose in Soba Aradi on May 18, 2005. The drive for strict enforcement of sharia and the perpetuation of jihadist ideology under political Islam contributed significantly to the perpetuation of war. The narratives of IDPs shed light on the existential nature of identity, which is sensitive to changing circumstances and can be transformed through displacement.

Keywords: internally displaced persons; shantytown residents; southern women; nationalist ideology; Civilizational Project; Soba Aradi; political Islam; nationalism; political identities

Chapter.  8508 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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