Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226761725 Will Publish March 2021
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Darfur Allegory

Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf

Darfur Allegory

Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf

240 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226761725 Will Publish March 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226761695 Will Publish March 2021
E-book $27.50 ISBN: 9780226761862 Will Publish March 2021
The Darfur conflict exploded in early 2003 when two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement, struck national military installations in Darfur to send a hard-hitting message of resentment over the region’s political and economic marginalization. The conflict devastated the region’s economy, shredded its fragile social fabric, and drove millions of people from their homes. Darfur Allegory is a dispatch from the humanitarian crisis that explains the historical and ethnographic background to competing narratives that have informed international responses. At the heart of the book is Sudanese anthropologist Rogaia Abusharaf’s critique of the pseudoscientific notions of race and ethnicity that posit divisions between “Arab” northerners and “African” Darfuris.
Elaborated in colonial times and enshrined in policy afterwards, such binary categories have been adopted by the media to explain the civil war in Darfur. The narratives that circulate internationally are thus highly fraught and cover over—to counterproductive effect—forms of Darfurian activism that have emerged in the conflict’s wake. Darfur Allegory marries the analytical precision of a committed anthropologist with an insider’s view of Sudanese politics at home and in the diaspora, laying bare the power of words to heal or perpetuate civil conflict.
Prelude: Unmuting Darfuri Voices

Chapter 1: Encountering Darfur and Its Troubles

Chapter 2: Producing Knowledge, Historicizing Racial Categories

Chapter 3: Some Views from the Sudan

Chapter 4. Qatar Notes

Chapter 5. “All Dust and Panic”: Sinai Desert-scape

Chapter 6. Darfur’s Jam for Justice in America

Postscript: Darfur the Rhizome
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